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Planning a beach vacation? Here’s how to protect your eyes from the sun health news


We all rush to the beach to soak up the winter sun and while it’s amazing for our physical, mental and emotional health, it can negatively affect eye health if we’re not careful. When we are out on the beach the eyes are exposed to all the elements of nature, sun, sand, salt water and wind and they need protection.

With the following simple precautions, you can ensure that your eyes have a good time while you enjoy yourself at the beach.

Dr. Digvijoy Singh, Director, Noble Eye Care, Gurugram, shares what you should do to protect your eyes while soaking in the sun.

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1. Wear UV protective glasses: The sun is constantly emitting UV rays and these can cause a variety of eye changes including cataracts and retinal degeneration. Always try and wear glasses that will protect you from these rays

2. Do not look directly at the sun: While sunrises and sunsets at sea are a mesmerizing affair, the seemingly less bright sun can still emit enough UV light to damage the eyes. So it is not right to look directly at the sun at this time.

3. Avoid rubbing your eyes: Beach sand contains particles of various sizes and many may have microscopic sharp edges. Beach sand from activities on land or in shallow sandy waters should be avoided. If sand gets into eyes, rinse immediately with fresh water and avoid rubbing eyes. If pain or irritation or discharge persists, seek medical attention.

4. Avoid wearing contact lenses: Wearing contact lenses multiplies the risk of eye infections in the presence of beach sand and sea water, and even more so. It is best to avoid using them, especially if you intend to wade in water.

5. Wash your eyes: After swimming in the sea, wash your eyes with clean water. Salty seawater is irritating to the eyes and carries with it many germs and parasites that can potentially infect your eyes. Wear swimming goggles for maximum eye comfort and rinse your eyes once out of the ocean.

6. Wear eye protection and use lubricant eye drops: Sea breezes, especially when it’s cold, can cause dry eyes and watery eyes. Avoid prolonged exposure or wear eye protection, especially if you suffer from dry eyes or eye allergies. Using lubricant eye drops can help reduce the symptoms of this problem.

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