Now that the last of winter’s snow has melted and flowers are back in bloom, people across the country will be getting ready to enjoy spring. As temperatures make it practically irresistible to go outside, you’ll definitely want to enjoy spending time in the fresh air and sunshine, but watch out for some of the unique risks that spring presents for your eyes. That doesn’t mean you need to lock yourself inside for the rest of the season, however–it just means that you need to take the right precautions. Have a look at some of the best ways to take care of your eyes this spring!
Protect Against UV Light
More sunshine means higher temperatures, but it also means that you’re more exposed to UV light. You probably use sunscreen to defend your skin from these cancer-causing rays, but your eyes are also vulnerable: certain studies indicate that exposure to bright sunlight can cause cataracts or growths on the eye. To protect yourself, wear sunglasses that offer 100% UV protection—you can check the label—and that wrap all the way around your eyes. You should also wear wide-brimmed hats when going outside for further protection.
Allergies—or Something Else?
Spring is prime time for allergies, especially due to the massive release of pollen from newly blooming plants, which can trigger eye redness and an itching sensation. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, try to limit your exposure to pollen, use medications to treat your symptoms, and be careful not to rub your eyes, as you may bring them into contact with irritants on your hands. At the same time, if your symptoms persist, consult your eye doctor to make sure that your allergies aren’t actually an eye infection or other condition.
Use Eye Protection During Outdoor Activities
This is especially true for children, who may be more inclined to go swimming in the pool or play sports, for example. While these are fun activities that get your kids playing in the sunshine, they can also pose risks for their eyes: Pools contain chemicals that can irritate eyes, and sports can lead to eye injuries resulting from getting hit with ball or inadvertently colliding with another player. Make sure that you and your kids use goggles or eye protection when enjoying outdoor activities.
Drink More Water
It’s easier to become dehydrated during the spring and summer, and as a result, your eyes may have a harder time producing tears and therefore become dry and itchy. Guard against dry eyes by drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated.