As summer has approached, a drastic change we all make is the increased amount of outings that come along with the holiday season. And when we think of the outdoors in summer, we can automatically feel ourselves squinting our eyes because of the strong sunlight that falls upon them. In order to take care of your eyes this summer, you can follow the following ways that have been personally recommended and will definitely prevent any damage to your eyes:
Just like your phone and purse, make sure you add sunglasses to your compulsory list of things to carry. The projection of ultraviolet rays directly into our eyes is not healthy for them. Hence, using sunglasses every time you step out of the house is as important as applying sunscreen to your body. More importantly, choosing the right sunglasses is also a factor in this. It is not enough that the sunglasses protect you from the UVA rays of the sunlight but also the UVB rays which are prevented by very few good sunglasses. Hence, it’s important to ensure you don’t compromise on the quality of sunglasses.
Summer is the season of fresh farmer’s produce that is beneficial to the body in thousands of ways. Apart from basic diet and body health, protecting your eyes by increasing their strength from within is also very crucial during the summers.
Here are some foods you can trust to protect your eyes from damage:
- Lutein – dark leafy greens, egg yolks, corn
- Zeaxanthin – orange bell peppers
- Meso-zeaxanthin – wild-caught seafood including salmon, trout, and shrimp
- Beta-carotene – carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, acorn, and butternut squash
- Vitamin C – red bell peppers, citrus fruits
- Vitamin E – almonds, sweet potatoes
- Omega 3’s – walnuts, flax and chia seeds, and wild caught fish including salmon, sardines, mackerel, and herring
- Zinc – sunflower seeds, oysters, red beef (grass-fed)
- Magnesium – lentils, almonds, sunflower seeds, dark leafy greens
Avoid the use of Excess Chemicals
Chemicals are the largest enemies to our eyes as we know how sensitive they are. However, we cannot avoid all chemicals completely but we can put an effort into reducing the amount and its impact on our eyes. This includes all kinds of chemicals present in shampoos, face washes and soaps that come into contact with our eyes. Special care must be taken about regularly washing your hands after doing any household or outdoor chores. Making sure you don’t touch your eyes too much also plays a major role in taking optimum care of your eyes and eyesight.
Lubricate your Eyes Regularly
This tip is especially for the people who work outdoors most of the time and are constantly exposed to the direct sunlight. Even with the cushioning of sunglasses, it is completely possible for the sunlight to affect your eyesight if exposed to it for a long time. It can cause irritation and dry up of the eyes. This leads to fatigue and tiredness. You can ask any chemist for basic eye drops and use them regularly even if you don’t go outdoors that much. There is no harm in using them anyway!
Balance your Daily Routine
We have already spoken about how the right nutrition in the form of foods that are fresh produce can strengthen the eyes and protect them from summer damage. Likewise, getting appropriate hours of sleep and staying hydrated is the key and basic factors contributing to proper eye care. It is recommended that you drink at least 6 liters of water in summers. Lack of water consumption prevents the tear glands from keeping the eyes moisturized. Avoiding the computer or phone screens for too long will also be of great help.
Well, it isn’t that difficult to make sure you don’t damage your eyesight in the summer if you just follow these basic steps and incorporate them into your daily routine.