You may know that your eye health is a very important part of life since your eyesight is a vital factor in everyday life. Did you know that summer time poses specific challenges that require your attention in regards to your eye health? We’re compiling a short series of posts that will address specific challenges we face when it comes to preserving your eye health during the summer months. In today’s post we’re going to visit why you need to take extra care to protect your eyes specifically during summer.
What’s So Bad About Summer?
While most people enjoy the longer days and warmer weather brought on by summer few are familiar with the fact that they put themselves at risk to harmful UV(ultraviolet) radiation. There are three primary forms of radiation given off by the sun, UVA, UVB and UVC. In a pervous post we explored the difference between UVA and UVB rays – you can visit that post here, while UVA and UVB rays pose a threat UVC rays do not enter our atmosphere and are not normally attributed to causing cancer. During the summer months (May-August in North America) the sun’s UV rays are at their peak. This leads to stronger and a prolonged period of UV radiation. Exposure to the sun’s intense radiation can cause irreversible damage to not only your skin but to your eyes as well.
Prevention and Protection
While it may be tempting to lay out at the pool or spend hours outdoors it’s important to remember that the strongest period of radiation is between 10 am and 4pm. If you can try scheduling your outdoor time in the morning or later in the afternoon. If it can’t be avoided and you find yourself exposed to the sun during the peak hours the best option is to keep yourself protected. Apply ample amounts of sunscreen to exposed skin, wear suitable eye protection, or keep your skin covered by wearing loose clothing. You can often find clothing specifically provides UV protection. For more about UV protecting clothing visit this link.