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Healthy Habits for Improved Summer Vision

By Brandi Goodman

Healthy Vision Month arrives in May, just in time for schools to start letting out for summer. More people are outdoors throughout the warm weather months, with the sun impacting their eyes more than they may realize. The activities you participate in can bring danger to your eyesight as well. Keep some healthy habits in mind to improve your summer vision and continue enjoying the outdoor time without worrying about your eyes. 

Don't Look Directly at the Sun

The sun is out and shining bright. You look up at it in awe, only to have your eyes water or feel irritated. You should never look directly at the sun. The harmful rays beating down can do damage quickly. Keeping your eyes protected from the sun is important, especially on hot summer days when it's really beating down.

Wear Sunglasses

Wearing sunglasses is one way you can help to protect your vision when you're outdoors. You still shouldn't look directly at the sun even with glasses on, but they can help protect you in general. Things won't be too bright for your eyes when you're outside in a pair of shades that block out some of that brightness. Be sure to grab a pair that offers UV protection.

Wear a Visor

Sometimes glasses aren't enough to keep the sun out of your eyes. When it's really beating down, you may find it still affecting your eyes. Wear a visor on your head so your eyes will be even more protected. It will protect the rest of your face and skin as well. 

Wear Goggles

Summer means swimming for a lot of people. It's important to wear goggles when you're in the water. Don't open your eyes underwater without them. The chemicals in pools and bacteria in lakes and other bodies of water can impact your eyes. Goggles help to keep them safe and dry.

Stay Hydrated

People may realize that staying hydrated in the summer is necessary due to the heat and excessive sweating. What many may not realize is that staying hydrated is necessary for your eyesight as well. If you want to keep your eyes moist and feeling like normal, then drinking plenty of water throughout the day is key. You don't want them to get dried out and feel irritated. 

Enjoy your summer, but not without keeping these vision tips in mind. You should always do what you can to keep your eyes healthy and working well. Aging causes vision problems already. You don't want to exacerbate the problem by failing to keep your eyes protected when you're outdoors.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Savannah, Ga.

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