The weather is warming up, and spring break is here! As you travel to the hottest vacation spots, a dip in the pool can provide fun for the whole family. But the sun and water can pose threats to your eye health. Fortunately, there are a few easy things you can do to keep your eyes healthy this spring and summer.
Protect your (and your kiddo’s) eyes when you have fun in the sun with these eye safety tips for the pool!
Most people think chlorine is what causes your eyes to burn and sting when you open them in the pool, but it’s actually the combination of chlorine and debris that’s contaminating the water (even after chlorine is added to the pool).
While irritation from this combination is usually temporary, it can still be uncomfortable and hard on your eyes. Wearing goggles in the pool can help protect your vision from any discomfort or damage. Make sure your kids wear goggles, too!
Contact lenses are convenient, but they should be left at home when you head to the pool. Soft contact lenses can shrink in water, which can make them uncomfortable. Not to mention, they tighten around the cornea and can damage your eye.
Infection can also occur when you wear contacts in the pool. Unfortunately, chlorine can still leave some microorganisms floating in the pool. These can get trapped between your contact lens and your eye. This can cause infections like acanthamoeba, which can result in permanent vision impairment. To avoid this, simply take out your contacts before swimming!
Sitting in the sun, especially near the glare from the pool, can be damaging to the eyes. UV exposure can lead to cataracts, macular degeneration, and a variety of other eye problems. Kids are especially at risk for sun damage to their eyes, so it’s important to encourage them to wear sunglasses and hats.
A quick, stylish solution to sun exposure is a pair of shades! Choose sunglasses for the whole family that protect from UVA and UVB rays. These will provide the proper protection from sun damage and don’t have to cost an arm and a leg.
Are you unsure what you need to do to prioritize eye health for your family? An optometrist (eye doctor) is great for helping you find sunglasses, especially if you need a prescription to see clearly.
He or she can also answer questions about goggles, prescription goggles, and when it’s okay to use contacts. Your optometrist can also give you advice on how to help your children protect their eyes from the pool and sun.
You can protect you and your family’s eye health this spring break by following these quick tips and making an appointment with your optometrist.
Mather Vision Group is an optometry office in Lafayette, Indiana. Contact us to schedule an appointment, or stop in to see our wide variety of glasses and frames. You can find us online and on Facebook.