Summertime means vacation for many. From the lake house to the mountains to the beach, you’ll most likely end up somewhere with a campfire, water activities or sun exposure. With all of that comes risk to your eyes, so I thought I’d give you some tips for protecting your eyes this summer.
Here’s the good news first: getting yourself outdoors is very beneficial to your eyesight. Individuals who spend an additional forty minutes to three hours a day outdoors have a decreased risk of conditions like myopia (nearsightedness). Sun exposure, a primary way for humans to produce vitamin D, is a significant factor in determining the axial length and structure of the eye. Low levels of this vitamin are correlated with increased risk of myopia in early childhood, so decent sun exposure lowers the odds of becoming nearsighted.
Bad news: Nearsightedness is prominent among today’s youth, as the younger generation’s culture is very much indoor. With Netflix, electronic devices, and little time to do things freely, this comes as no surprise. That’s why this summer is a great opportunity to get everyone outside to refresh that eyesight.
Be a Safe Lumberjack. Camping usually incorporates some kind of firewood, which means someone has to go on the hunt for it. Later, someone will be chopping it up for use. Be careful in this situation of flying wood chips, dirt, and rocks by wearing the proper eye protection. Whether it’s your sunglasses, work glasses, or protective goggles, be sure to cover your eyes from debris that could cause serious damage. The same goes for other similar tasks, such as pitching a tent or playing outdoor games.
Be prepared: bring extra glasses or contacts. This one speaks for itself. If you wear contacts or glasses on the regular, bring a spare. There’s nothing worse than being on vacation, whether outdoors or indoors, without a way to see properly. Get on that plane, in that car, or on that bus fully prepared.
No matter what, have fun this summer, but most importantly, be able to see while you do it.