Summer is in full swing, which means family vacations and spur-of-the-moment getaways. Although summer trips are meant for rest, relaxation, and fun, they can also wreak havoc on your eyes. Between the long flights and sun exposure, it’s important to practice healthy habits to protect your vision. Here are some tips to keep your eyes in tip-top shape!
USE EYE DROPS TO PROPERLY LUBRICATE
Long flights can make your eyes dry, itchy, and red due to the less than average humidity levels and recycled air in commercial aircrafts. We recommend bringing over-the-counter lubricating eye drops to keep your peepers clean and hydrated.
Summer vacations mean more time spent outside and in the sun, which can result in early cataracts and damage to the retina and cornea. If you’re going to be in the sun for long periods of time, invest in a pair of 100% UV protection sunglasses to protect your eyes form harmful UV rays. Do you need prescription sunglasses? No problem! Our certified optician can provide sunglasses with your prescription using Transitions, Genesis, or Polaroid brand polarized lenses.
USE CONTACT LENSES APPROPRIATELY
To avoid the risk of dry eyes and inflammation during your travel time, wear eyeglasses rather than contact lenses. If you’re going to be swimming in the pool or ocean, get prescription goggles. Swimming with contacts can result in eye infections, irritation, and possibly sight-threatening conditions such as corneal ulcer.
PRACTICE GOOD HAND HYGIENE
Airports and planes are breeding grounds for bacteria due to the never-ending flow of people and recirculated air. Always wash your hands and bring a small bottle of hand sanitizer in your carry-on. It’s also important to stop rubbing or touching your eyes to avoid bacteria from spreading.
WHEN TO SEEK EMERGENCY TREATMENT
If you suffer from a serious eye injury, it’s essential to seek medical attention to avoid permanent eye problems, including vision loss. If you notice redness, eye pain, change in vision, bleeding, or scratches, call your doctor as soon as possible.
GET LASIK FOR THE SUMMER
This is a great time of year to take the step of enjoying the benefits of LASIK. Imagine traveling, swimming, hiking, biking, and simply being with family without worrying about contacts and glasses. Call Davis Vision Center today at (801-590-0864) to set up your free screening. We would love to answer any questions for you and start you down the path of clear vision.