During the summer, the skin is not the only organ that we must take care of, because together with it, our eyes are the most affected during this season; ultraviolet radiation added to other external factors such as chlorine from swimming pools, air conditioning or the sea, can severely damage our visual health. This time, Dr. José Santos, ophthalmologist at Clinica Ricardo Palma, gives us some advice for eye care.
Tips to take care of our eyes in summer
- Take suitable sunglasses with you; not only to protect you from bright sunlight that can damage your eyes, but also to protect your eyes from ultraviolet rays. That is why your lenses must have a protection factor of 400 UV to block between 99 and 100% of radiation.
- Wear wide-brimmed hats; they will protect you if you stay outdoors for a long time so that solar radiation does not fall directly into your eyes. In addition, they will protect your neck and scalp.
- Avoid using air conditioning. When used very strongly, it causes dryness in the environment and favors dry eyes, generating the sensation of a foreign body in the eyes and redness.
- Moisturize your eyes. If you suffer from dry eye apply artificial tears and avoid touching your eyes with dirty hands to avoid any infection.
- Be careful with the sand. If sand gets into your eyes, wear diving goggles when diving into the ocean or pool. Use a personal towel to avoid contagion. If you have conjunctivitis, do not enter the water, as it will infect those around you.
Remember that it is important to keep track of your eye health. To do this, visit your eye specialist at least once a year.
Dr. José Santos
Ophthalmologist at Clínica Ricardo Palma