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Summer Eye Care Tips from Oakes Opticians

Summer’s here, and many fun activities come—pool parties, barbeques, and days spent lounging at the beach. But amidst all the sun and good times, it’s important not to forget about your eyes! Like the rest of your body, your eyes need extra TLC during the hotter months.

Here at Oakes Opticians, we want to make sure your peepers stay cool, comfortable, and healthy all summer long. So, we’ve put together a handy guide with some essential summer eye care tips:

Sunglasses are a Must-Have

Think sunglasses are just a fashion statement? Think again! Sunglasses protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Exposure to UV rays can increase your risk of cataracts, macular degeneration, and even sunburn on your eyelids (ouch!).

Look for sunglasses that block out 99% of UVA and UVB rays. Wraparound styles offer even greater protection by blocking rays from entering on the sides. Remember the little ones! Kids’ eyes are especially vulnerable to UV rays, so make sure they have a fabulous pair of shades they’ll love to wear.

Beat the Pool Chlorine with Goggles

Swimming is a fantastic way to cool down on a hot day. But for contact lens wearers, beware! Pool chlorine can irritate your eyes and increase your risk of infection. The best solution? Ditch the contacts and grab a pair of goggles. Not only will they protect your eyes from chlorine, but they’ll also keep out any other irritants lurking in the water.

Dry Eyes? Artificial Tears Are Your Friend

Hot, dry summer weather can wreak havoc on your eyes, leaving them feeling itchy, irritated, and tired. If you experience dry eyes, artificial tears can be a lifesaver. Opt for preservative-free options to avoid further irritation.

Hydration is Key (for Your Eyes, Too!)

Dehydration can make you feel lousy and dry out your eyes. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your body and eyes hydrated.

Don’t Forget Your Regular Eye Exams

Summer fun shouldn’t come at the expense of your eye health. Regular eye exams are essential for maintaining good vision and detecting potential problems early on. Schedule an appointment with Oakes Opticians for a comprehensive eye exam and discuss summer eye care concerns.

Give Your Eyes a Break from Screens

While summer is a time for fun and relaxation, remember to give your eyes a break from digital screens. Staring at screens for extended periods can contribute to dry eyes and eye strain. Take breaks every 20 minutes, and look away from the screen for at least 20 feet for 20 seconds (that’s the 20-20-20 rule!).

By following these simple tips, you can ensure your eyes stay healthy and happy all summer long. So, soak up the sun, have fun, and care for those precious peepers!

At Oakes Opticians, your eye health is our priority. We have a wide selection of stylish sunglasses and comfortable contact lenses to fit your needs. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!

Enjoy the summer.

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