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Six summer eye tips

See clearly this summer with these tips and tricks for protecting your eyes.

March 13, 2017

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Follow these simple tips to make sure summer is easy on your eyes.

Wear sunglasses

Sunglasses help protect your eyes from UV light. That light can cause premature aging around your eyes and contribute to cataracts.

Take out your contacts before swimming

Swimming at the beach or in pools while wearing your contact lenses can increase your risk for eye infections. Infections can occur when bacteria sticks to your lenses.

Be prepared when you’re not at home

Always carry extra contact lens solution while on vacation. And don’t rinse your lenses with water or put them in your mouth. Daily disposable contact lenses are sometimes the easiest option while traveling.

Switch to waterproof sunscreen

We’ve all felt the burn from sunscreen accidentally dripping into our eyes. Waterproof sunscreen is less likely to run. This could save you from an unpleasant feeling. If you do get sunscreen in your eyes, rinse them out with water for some relief.

Avoid smoke and other eye irritants

Plenty of spring break staples can irritate your eyes. Help them out by staying far from smoke and taking breaks from air conditioned environments.

Avoid screen glare

When using your computer, tablet or smartphone, choose a place where lights don’t reflect on the screen. Or choose to power off your device and head outside!

If you need a routine eye exam before you take off for vacation, make an appointment with one of our experts at Park Nicollet or HealthPartners.

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