Summertime and the living is sneezy. Summer brings relief from winter winds and spring rains, but it also comes with a slew of challenges, such as allergies, for contact lens wearers.
The first problem is the sun. Many people where fashion contact lenses as a respite from wearing glasses all the time. But in the summer, UV rays can damage your eyes if you don’t wear sunglasses. As an added bonus, sunglasses can help keep dirt and debris out of your eyes, this can be especially important on a sandy beach.
If you prefer to forgo sunglasses, we advise that you look into UV blocking contacts. See if the packaging for the contacts you use says Class 1; this is the highest UV protection available, and this classification means that the lenses will screen 96 percent of UVA rays and all UVB rays from reaching your eyes.
If you end up purchasing UV blocking contact lenses, you still need to worry about protecting the rest of your body from the sun, and that’s where the next problem arises for contact lens wearers. Make sure you choose a waterproof sunscreen, otherwise as soon as you start to sweat, or the minute you decide to wash your face, your eyes will be stinging.
This next piece of advice may seem obvious, but people forget it often enough that it bears repeating. Wearing goggles whether you’re swimming in fresh, salt, or chlorinated water can help keep your contact lenses from getting displaced or irritated. Storing your goggles in the same place you keep your bathing suits and other swimgear can help prevent head smacking moments when you arrive at the beach.
Some final tips for contact lens wearers this summer include:
- Keep fans and air conditioners from blowing directly into your face, especially in the car.
- Use special eye drops to alleviate inflammation brought on by allergies.
- And don’t forget to take a break from wearing your contact lenses periodically, whether it’s for a few hours, or for a whole weekend.