Protecting your eyes from the summer sun

We all know the importance of protecting our skin from the sun’s rays, but did you know that the red hot heat of summer can be harmful for your vision too? 

Taking care of our eyes should be a top priority every day of the year, but it is especially important when the temperatures start to rise during the summer months.

Exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can increase your risk of developing various eye conditions, including corneal sunburn, cataracts and dry eye syndrome.

How the summer sunshine can be damaging to your eye health

Too much sun makes your tears evaporate faster, leaving you more vulnerable to developing dry eye symptoms like irritability, itchiness and sensitivity to light. 

Summer time also means more time socialising and eating outside. Smoke from BBQs and campfires can irritate and dry out your eyes.

Fans and air-conditioning units can have a similar drying effect. 

Your eyes can also become dry, irritated and itchy after swimming in chlorinated swimming pools. 

5 tips to protect your eyes during the summer season 

Tip 1. Drink lots of water

As the temperature starts to rise, try your best to stay hydrated.

Your body needs enough moisture to produce tears to protect your eyes. 

Tip 2. Invest in high-quality sunglasses

Make sure to wear sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection even when it’s cloudy outside.

Your eyes will thank you for it. 

Tip 3. Wear goggles

Going for a dip in a swimming pool?

Don’t forget to wear goggles to protect your eyes from chlorine.   

Tip 4. Make a splash

Splash cold water on your eyes a few times a day to relieve any redness or puffiness that might develop in warmer weather. 

Tip 5. Sleep well

It can be difficult to sleep soundly when the temperatures heat up.

Try to prioritise getting enough good quality sleep to give your eyes adequate time to rest and recuperate. 

2 ways to get instant relief from dry, tired eyes this summer

If you are suffering from dry, tired eyes this summer, don’t worry, help is at hand.

There are a number of ways to soothe your dry eye symptoms.

1. Hydrate and soothe your eyes with 100% preservative FREE high-quality eye drops

Eye drops can provide instant, cooling relief for the symptoms of dry eye syndrome.

Thealoz Duo are Europe’s No 1 eye drops for dry, red, tired and sore eyes. 

100% preservative-free, clinically proven to treat dry eyes, suitable for ALL dry eye sufferers they provide soothing, cooling relief for dry eye symptoms. 

2. Treat your eyes to a soothing eye mask 

Want to give your eyes some much needed relief after a long hot day in the summer sunshine?

Blepha Eyebag is a reusable warming eye mask for rapid and long-lasting relief of  dry, tired and sore eyes. 

Recommended by Ophthalmologists, the award-winning Blepha Eyebag is very easy to use.

Simply pop it into the microwave to warm it up, then lie back and let it work its magic.