Tips for Looking After Your Eyes in the Summer
Summer is a time of year for having fun somewhere like Sunny Beach or Varna. Yet, it is also when you need to be extremely careful to look after your eyes.
Use Goggles When Swimming
Wherever you go swimming, the use of suitable goggles will protect your eyes. For example, in a swimming pool they will ensure that the chlorine in the water doesn’t hurt you. If your eyes are unprotected, the chemical compounds in pool water can irritate your eyes. The most popular brands of goggles include Speedo and TYR, while many pro swimmers use Swedish goggles.
If you go swimming in the sea or a lake, the more natural approach may seem safer. However, this brings with it a risk of germs, debris, and other foreign bodies entering your eyes. Even contact lens wearers should use goggles when swimming.
Wear Good Sunglasses
Hopefully, you already wear sun cream when outdoors in summer. However, it is just as important to protect your eyes from UV radiation. The ideal type comes from 100% protection sunglasses. They should block both UVA and UVB rays and can also be stylish if you choose online prescription sunglasses from brands like Ray-Ban, Prada, or Gucci. These models come in shapes like round, rectangle, and square, as well as different sizes.
Remember that sunlight reflects off water, meaning that you need to be extra careful when near the sea. UV radiation increases at altitude too, so if you are staying in a mountain destination like Bansko, you will also need to wear sunglasses.
Wear a Hat
You might think that wearing a hat is all about protecting the top of your head and your face from sun damage. Yet, the right sort of headwear can also help you to look after your eyes on sunny days. One big danger in this respect is basal cell carcinoma, which is a type of skin cancer often found in the lower eyelids.
A wide-brimmed hat will provide enough shade to ensure that your eyes aren’t exposed to direct sunlight. Not everyone likes to wear a big hat, though, so a smaller sun visor may be a better choice for some people. Don’t think that only women can wear stylish hats, as men’s brands include Columbia, Quiksilver, and Henschel.
If you don’t drink enough water, it can lead to dehydration. One of the effects of this can be dry eyes, which is an uncomfortable condition in which the body is unable to produce enough tears to properly lubricate the eyes. In this case, artificial tears may be needed to ease the discomfort.
It is especially important to drink lots of water if you are out in the sun all day long, or you are in a drier, warmer climate than you are used to. The eastern part of Dobrudzha and the Burgas Plain is the driest region in Bulgaria, while Sandanski is where the country’s highest temperatures are often seen.
Looking after your eyes in summer needn’t be too difficult. No matter where you go and what you do, a few simple precautions will ensure that you can enjoy a healthy summer without any major eye problems to spoil it.
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