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Posted on 07-18-2017

Eye Safety During the Summer in Longmont

Our eye doctors in Longmont want to help you stay safe throughout the year. The summer season poses eye safety dangers. Take a few minutes today to learn eye care tips for summer, so you and your family members can avoid eye trauma. 

Man sitting on a dock in Longmont with his son.

Summer Eye Hazards

Summer eye hazards include: 

  • Eye sunburn - Your eyes can get sunburn or photokeratitis with severe sun exposure. Symptoms of eye sunburn include watery eyes, gritty eyes, dry eyes, and itchy eyes. 
  • UV damage - UV damage over your lifetime can cause you to lose your vision or develop cataracts. It's important to protect your eyes from UV damage at every stage of life.  
  • Eye injury - Many people are more active during the summer season, whether in playing sports or in working around the home. It's important that you protect your eyes during activities as diverse as lawn mowing, home construction, painting, and sports. Wear sports glasses or goggles so nothing can get in your eye, causing injury and eye damage. Of course, if you do have something in your eye, we're here to help. 

How Our Optometrists in Longmont Protect Your Eyes in Summer

Prevention is the cheapest and easiest way to protect your eye health this summer. Our optometrists recommend wearing both sunglasses and a broad-brimmed hat when you go outside this summer. The best sunglasses offer 99 to 100 percent protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Large lenses are preferred over small ones since they block more light. Our eye doctors stock both prescription and non-prescription sunglasses, so you can select the style that meets your needs. Adding a hat protects your face and blocks light from filtering in through the sides of the sunglasses. 

Our eye doctors in Longmont can fit you with sports glasses that sharpen your vision for optimal performance and protect debris from getting in the eyes while you play sports. If you go swimming, wear goggles. Salty ocean water can irritate the eyes, as can chlorinated pool water. Goggles protect the eyes from irritants, and they also help you see clearly under water. 

As summer winds down, schedule back to school eye care appointments to make sure everyone in the family can see clearly, and update those prescriptions. 

Contact Our Longmont Eye Doctors for More Summer Eye Safety Tips

Would you like to schedule an eye exam, including a back to school pediatric eye exam? We are happy to accommodate your schedule. Reserve your appointment online or contact our offices at 303-651-6700 today to set up your appointment with our eye doctors in Longmont. 

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