London: Everyone knows how to protect skin in the sun but what about eyes? Longer, lazy summer days entice everyone to spend more time outdoors, but whether you are spending the day at the beach or just relaxing in the garden, eyecare is needed in every possible way.
Not only does the sun make our eyes more prone to infections and UV-related conditions such as Photokeratitis (a painful eye condition – similar to a sunburn of the cornea – caused by exposure to UV light), it can also do permanent damage as UV rays deeply permeate the eye, causing damage to many structures, reports contactmusic.com.
Steve Schallhorn, chief medical director at Optical Express, has shared his top five eye care tips:
* Pick up a stylish broad-brimmed hat: Head gear isn’t just fashion-forward it’s also a must when it comes to protecting our eyes from the harsh sun. The wider the brim, the more the hat will deflect sunshine overhead and from the sides. Go as big and bold as you dare when the sun is at its strongest.
* Drink plenty of water: Drinking lots of water during the summer months will help your eyes maintain a healthy balance of fluid, preventing them from becoming dehydrated and irritated. Well hydrated eyes also mean sparkly eyes.