While the official season of summer may be over, Florida sunshine is still blazing across Orlando and the surrounding area! With cooling temperatures, locals are enjoying the climate as much as the tourists. Though outdoor activities are healthy and enjoyable, they can cause damage to sensitive eyes. Below are a few tips from the Orlando LASIK specialists at Magruder Laser Vision to keep your eyes in peak performance, both indoors and out.
Sunglasses: They’re more than a fashion statement — sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection keep your eyes from being damaged by the sun’s powerful ultraviolet rays. Buy several pairs to stash in each vehicle and in the garage, and keep a pair near the front door. If you plan on participating in water sports or driving frequently, invest in a pair of polarized lenses.
Swim goggles: Speaking of water fun, be sure to wear swim goggles when you jump into a chlorinated pool or any natural water source. Chlorine may kill the microorganisms normally found in nature, but it is not friendly to the eye.
Contact lenses: It’s great being able to see in the pool or at the beach, but wearing contacts while swimming can lead to eye infections. Bacteria and other microorganisms can become trapped between the eye and the lens, thriving in the moist conditions of your eye.
Headgear: Baseball caps, wide-brimmed hats, and visors all relieve eyes from the strain of bright sunlight. Make a habit of popping a hat onto your head when you go outside. Not only will it protect your eyes, it will also act as a physical barrier to keep the sun off the scalp. If your hat is large enough, it can also cover the neck — another area easily affected by the sun.
The sun is at its ultraviolet peak between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. If you have all day to complete outdoor activities, plan to do them early in the morning or later in the afternoon. Learn how to protect your eyes during the summer and any other season by reading more articles on our blog. Contact Magruder Laser Vision at 407-843-5665 and ask about how a LASIK procedure can help you enjoy the most out of your outdoor fun.