As we head into the summer, it is important to remember to protect your eyes. Whether you’re spending a day at the beach, swimming at the pool, playing outdoor sports, or just mowing the grass, be sure to wear the right gear to ensure the health and safety of your eyes.

Wear Sunglasses with UV Protection

When you are at the beach or boating out on the water, it is imperative to wear the right sunglasses. All sunglasses are not made the same. Be sure to wear sunglasses that protect you from both UVA and UVB rays.

At Primary Eyecare, we have a wide variety of sunglasses and that will protect your eyes from these damaging UV rays. We also have sunglasses with polarized lenses that will reduce glare, which will help you see more clearly and reduce harmful effects of UV light.

By taking these safety measures to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, you will maintain eye health and prevent future eye health problems, such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.

 

Wear Protective Gear to Prevent Sports Eye Injuries

Did you know that eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children?

According to Prevent Blindness, more than 25,000 people seek medical treatment for sports-related eye injuries each year.  However, almost all of these injuries can be prevented.

Sports-related eye injuries are very common, but the number of children who wear protective eyewear is extremely low.  Of the 600,000 sports-related eye injuries that occur every year, about one-third of these occur in children.

Children’s sports eye injuries range from abrasions of the cornea to internal eye injuries, such as retinal detachments and internal bleeding.

Wearing protective gear while engaging in sport will prevent serious eye injuries, including blindness.

Click here to download the free, helpful guide from the Vision Council, Eye Safety At-a-Glance: Protecting Your Child’s Vision in Sports.

Wear Safety Glasses Around Your Home

 When you are doing yard work or working around the house, you should always wear eye protection when taking part in these activities.  Chopping wood, hammering nails, or just mowing the lawn could cause debris and objects to become harmful projectiles that could strike you or someone nearby in the eye.  Invest in a good pair of eye safety goggles.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), thousands to people are blinded each year from work-related eye injuries that could have been prevented with the use of eye and face protection.  Eye injuries cost more than $300 million per year in lost production time, medical expenses, and worker compensation.

This summer, be sure to ensure the health and safety of your precious your eyes and those of your loved ones.  Wear sunglasses with UV protection, proper gear when playing sports, and safety glasses to prevent eye injuries.

For more helpful tips and information regarding eye health and safety, consult our staff at Primary Eyecare.

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