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Eye Health: Summer eye care tips include use of goggles, water and sunscreen

By Dawn Stratton
Special to KyForward

Continuing with our two-part series on summer eye care, here are five more ways to protect your eyes this summer:

Whether it’s in the pool, lake, or ocean, you should wear a pair of goggles. Pool operators often increase chlorine levels to counteract the rising incidence of skin infection during the summer. This can lead to eye irritation, as well as the other contaminants found in natural bodies of water that may hurt your eyes.

Wash your hands and avoid rubbing eyes. Washing your hands is crucial to avoid contracting eye-related conditions such as conjunctivitis, which can be developed by touching something that someone else has touched after they rubbed their eyes.

Start protecting your children’s eyes now. Children are far more likely to spend time playing outside during the summer and you want to make sure they are protected.

The solution is as easy as applying regular sunscreen, especially to the face, and adding a hat with a wide brim and comfortable sunglasses.

Get the right amount of sleep. When you are tired, your eyes are more likely to feel dry. This dryness encourages you to rub your eyes to stimulate the lacrimal gland, which increases the likelihood of exposure to irritants and diseases.

Stay hydrated. It is easier for people to become dehydrated during the hot summer weather, and this can affect eyes as well. Dehydration leads to difficulty in producing tears, which dries out the eyes and can lead to other vision problems.

Drink at least two liters of water each day to prevent the negative effects of dehydration.


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Dr. Dawn Stratton is the founder of Stratton Eyes. She is a graduate of Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago and earned her Doctor of Optometry in 1994. Based in Lexington, Dr. Stratton is a member of American Optometric Association, the Kentucky Optometric Association, the National Association of Professional Women and the Fellowship of Christian Optometrists. She also provides eye exams for patients at the Hope Center, Room at the Inn and The Nest. Visit Stratton-Eyes.com for more information or call 859-245-2020 or email office@strattoneyes.com. You can also find the office on Facebook and on Twitter @StrattonEyes.

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  1. Love the sunscreen recommendation! Definitely a necessary part of every sun protection routine. Two quick tips for choosing one – go with an SPF 30 or greater and make sure it says “broad spectrum” on the label so you know you are getting UVB and UVA protection. It’s why all our suncare products are broad spectrum.

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