Summer Sun and Your Vision: What You Need to Know

The summer season, with its long, sunny days and outdoor activities, is a time to soak in the warmth and joy that the sun brings. However, it’s crucial to remember that the same sun can also pose significant challenges to our eyesight if proper precautions aren’t taken.

Sunlight emits ultraviolet (UV) rays, with UV-A and UV-B rays having potential harmful effects on our eyes and vision. Prolonged exposure can cause conditions such as cataracts, macular degeneration, and even corneal sunburn, known as photokeratitis. Moreover, reflection from surfaces like water and sand can intensify the effect of UV rays, increasing the risk of eye damage.

First and foremost, investing in a good pair of sunglasses is non-negotiable. Look for sunglasses that block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation. Also, consider wraparound lenses, which can prevent harmful rays from entering from the side. Remember, darker lenses don’t equate to better protection; the UV filter does.

Another critical step is to wear a hat with a brim. A hat can block about half of UV rays and can limit UV rays that hit the eyes from above or around glasses.

Lastly, don’t forget about the importance of regular eye exams. Regular check-ups with your optometrist can help detect any early signs of eye damage due to UV exposure and can help ensure that your vision remains sharp and healthy.

While enjoying summer, remember to give your eyes the attention they need. As Benjamin Franklin famously said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” So this summer, protect your eyes and enjoy the sun responsibly.

Remember, if you’re experiencing any changes in your vision or are due for a check-up, don’t hesitate to reach out to our office. Dr. Stephen Summerow, a dedicated General Doctor of Optometry and Dry Eye Specialist, is here to help in Warner Robins, GA and Fort Valley, GA. Schedule your appointment today and ensure that your eyes are summer-ready!

Protect your eyes this summer! Contact Dr. Stephen Summerow at our Warner Robins or Fort Valley, GA office to schedule your appointment today. Don’t wait, give your eyes the care they deserve!