How To Protect Eyes During Summer From Sun And Chlorine

June 7, 2022 Posted by Dr. Shah

During summer there is nothing quite as refreshing, and relaxing, as jumping in the pool or ocean and soaking up the sun. This, however, leaves your eyes vulnerable to various risks, some of which can cause serious injury, and are avoidable.

Our Beach Eye Medical Group ophthalmology specialists have put together an informative guide to help you protect your eyes, and sight, from external elements this summer. These harmful elements include:

  • Chlorine
  • Sea salt
  • High winds
  • Ultraviolet rays

How Do These Elements Harm Your Eyes?

The chlorine in pools destroys the protective layer of the eye and makes it more susceptible to infection. Even though chlorine is a cleaning agent, it, unfortunately, does not rid the water of all bacteria and dirt. Thus the risk of infections, such as conjunctivitis is a possibility.

Similarly, other harmful agents such as UV-rays, sea salt, and high winds can compromise the health of your cornea, lens, and retina. In particular, infrared light and ultraviolet rays can cause burns to the retina when continuously exposed to harsh sunlight over a period of time. These elements also speed up the development of cataracts and yellow spot degeneration if care is not taken to limit harmful exposure.

Whether you swim and sun tan in Orange County, Huntington Beach, or Long Beach, these risks remain the same. Prepare yourself and follow our summertime eye care guidelines for healthy vision.

Prevention Protects Your Vision For Tomorrow’s Sunrise

Our eye care tips can help you and your family enjoy the summer sun while chilling poolside or chasing the next big wave at the beach.

  • Wear a wide brim sun hat
  • Invest in sunglasses that have UV filters
  • When swimming in the ocean or a pool, keep your eyes close or wear goggles or a scuba mask
  • If you wear contact lenses, then always remember to remove them before enjoying the pool or sea
  • Keep eye drops on hand to keep your eyes moisturized if they feel irritated

Remember, children are especially vulnerable to the harmful UV rays since their ocular fundus is still developing and therefore their corneas and lenses have less protection from sunlight.