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polarized sunglassesSummer is quickly approaching, and Middle Georgia has already experienced one of many promised heat waves. With the beautiful weather, more and more people will head outside to enjoy the summer sun. But, before you do, take precautionary measures to avoid damage to your eyes. Without proper protection, eye issues such as cataracts, photokeratitis, or ocular melanoma may occur over time.

Call the Eyesight Associates’ team at 478-923-5872 if you have any questions.

Consider the following ways you can protect your eyes this summer:

Buy Polarized Sunglasses

Sunglasses have all the hype during the summer. But, if you’re not wearing polarized sunglasses, your eyes are not protected from the sun’s harmful rays. Polarized lenses filter the sun’s rays in a way that non-polarized sunglasses cannot. You can combine fashion with eye health by shopping at Eyesight Associates’ optical shop right here in Warner Robins.

Wear Broad-Brimmed Hats

Wearing a broad-brimmed hat has multiple benefits – it blocks harmful UV rays from your face and gives added protection to your eyes. Please note that damage to your eyes occur during all seasons, not just summer. Wear broad-brimmed hats and use polarized sunglasses to protect your eyes every day of the year.

Read Your Medication Labels

Roughly 33% of Americans are taking certain medication that may cause sensitivity to sunlight. Double-check the label on your medication bottle to see if you need to take extra precaution. If photosensitivity is listed, avoid direct sunlight or ask your doctor if a change of medication is necessary.

Educate Your Family

Your loved ones need to know about the potential dangers of harmful UV rays. Kids, especially, may not realize the negative effects of staring at the sun or foregoing putting on sunglasses. Talk to your family about ways to protect their eyes.

If you want to check out our optical shop or simply want to schedule an eye exam, contact the Eyesight Associates’ team today.