It seems clear that sun protection cream is the essential product of the summer; however, sunglasses still occupy a secondary position. This is because we often ignore the possible consequences of ultraviolet rays on the eyes, especially if we are unprotected from childhood.
It should be borne in mind that for 16 hours or more the sight is in continuous operation, and we even force it, even more, when we use mobile phones, tablets and computers. If we add direct contact with the sun’s rays to these factors, it can cause rapid ageing of the eyes, which can become permanent.
Therefore, it is very important that you protect your eyes this summer and also that of the little ones! We tell you what you need to know.
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The Importance Of Protecting The Eyes In Childhood
If we take care of children’s skin in summer, why don’t we protect their eyes? At this time, parents often wonder if their children need to wear sunglasses. The truth is that it is vital to take care of the eyes against the effects of the sun, especially in minors. The consequences of not doing so can be serious, as our ophthalmologist warns, “as with the skin, damage to the eyes is also cumulative, and the risk of suffering eye diseases in adult life is greater if the childhood exposure has been high and unprotected. “
Effects Of The Sun On Eyesight
These are the problems that can arise from high sun exposure:
- Blurred vision.
- Superficial inflammation of the cornea.
- Eye irritation.
- Redness of the eye.
- Dry eye or photophobia.
- Serious eye diseases, over time, for example, macular degeneration or AMD, which causes deterioration of the central vision of the eye, which prevents reading or driving, among other activities.
How To Protect Eyesight In Summer?
To avoid adverse effects on the eyes, our ophthalmologist advises us to “avoid direct and prolonged light and protect your sight” by using:
- Quality approved sunglasses.
- Caps or hats.
- Eyedrops of artificial tears, which help hydrate the surface of the eye and prevent dryness and irritation.
How To Protect Eyesight If You Are In The Pool
Protect yourself from typical summer eye infections and other chlorine damage with these tips:
- Wear swimming goggles.
- Wash your eye very well when you get out of the water.
- Use artificial tears.
- Avoid contact lenses in the pool.
Cataracts: An Effect Of Eye Ageing
About 70% of people over 70 suffer from this disease caused by eye ageing. Often this ageing is caused by excessive exposure to the sun’s rays.
Cataracts cause loss of transparency of the lens of the eye. Progressively, its fibres become more compact and dense and lose their transparency. Because of this, the sharpness and sharpness of the eyes gradually worsen.
How To Remove Cataracts?
Through surgery that:
- It lasts for about five minutes.
- Use topical anaesthesia.
- Replace the damaged lens, which is the waterfall, with another.
Currently, advances in this technique manage to solve cataracts and, at the same time, correct other problems related to vision. This is how our ophthalmologist highlights it: “it also helps to improve the visual acuity and refraction of the patient after the operation, that is, it allows eliminating the use of glasses after surgery.”
Specifically, it is possible to treat:
- The tired sight
Whatever you do, be careful with your eyes in summer and put on your sunglasses.