Keep Your Eyes Safe This Summer: Essential Tips for Vision Health
With the increased exposure to the sun’s harsh rays and extended screen time due to digital devices, it’s crucial to prioritize your eye health during the hot months ahead. However, with some simple tips and regular eye check-ups, you can take steps to safeguard your eyes during the summer season. Specially, retinal diseases like Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Diabetic Retinopathy can pose a serious threat to our vision. AMD is a condition that affects the macula, the central part of the retina responsible for vision, and can cause vision loss in older adults. Diabetic Retinopathy is a complication of diabetes that damages blood vessels in the retina and can lead to vision loss.
Dr. Manmath Das, Head of the Retina Department, KIIMS, Bhubaneswar, said “In my practice I see 10%-15% of AMD patients that seek help have already suffered severe retinal damage. It is important that we identify the signs and symptoms of eye disease at a very initial stage and seek professional help at the earliest. Regularly visiting an optometrist or ophthalmologist can prevent retinal damage, vision loss and blindness by detecting underlying conditions at early stage. It is important for patients to maintain a healthy lifestyle to effectively manage diabetes and to prevent diabetic related eye diseases.”
Tips for Protecting Your Eyes During Summers:
Avoid Prolonged Exposure to Sunlight: The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can be harmful to our eyes, especially during the peak hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. When spending time outdoors, make sure to wear wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses that block 100% of both UVA and UVB rays. This can help protect your eyes from the damaging effects of UV radiation and reduce the risk of developing eye conditions like cataracts.
Take Breaks When Using Digital Devices: With the increased use of digital devices during summer vacations or outdoor activities, it’s crucial to give your eyes regular breaks. The “20-20-20” rule is a simple guideline to follow: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away. This can help reduce eye strain and discomfort caused by prolonged screen time and prevent digital eye strain.
Wear Sunglasses with UV Protection: Sunglasses are not just a fashion statement, but also an essential accessory for eye protection. Look for sunglasses that offer 100% UV protection to shield your eyes from harmful UV rays. Polarized lenses can also reduce glare and provide better clarity, especially when spending time near water or in bright outdoor conditions.
Regular Eye Check-ups, Especially for Those with Diabetes: Regular eye exams are crucial, especially for individuals with diabetes. Diabetes can increase the risk of developing retinal diseases like Diabetic Retinopathy, which can cause permanent vision loss if not detected and treated early on. Make sure to schedule regular eye check-ups with an ophthalmologist or eye care professional to monitor your eye health and detect any potential issues early.
In conclusion, protecting our eyes during summers is crucial for maintaining healthy vision. By following these simple tips such as avoiding prolonged sun exposure, taking breaks from digital devices, wearing sunglasses with UV protection, scheduling regular eye check-ups, and seeking early detection and treatment for retinal diseases, we can ensure that our eyes are well taken care of during the summer season and beyond.