Basic eye care and protection is crucial in the Las Vegas heat and full sun. To get the most out of your summer, the Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation offers some simple tips to remember when preparing for fun in the sun or in the swimming pool.
For the sun:
- Wear high UV sunglasses: Sunglasses with 400 UV Protection, which block almost 100% of the damaging light rays your eyes are exposed to, are ideal for proper eye protection during the summer. Make sure to check the label to be sure of their protection level.
- Avoid colored tinted sunglasses: Avoid blue tinted sunglasses as they emit ultraviolet light, which is harmful to your eyes and should be blocked as much as possible. Overexposure to such rays can cause serious eye damage.
- Wear extra coverage: Hats provide extra protection than sunglasses alone as many lenses leave a gap around the edges and below and above the eyes. Wearing hats provides extra coverage to stop the sun’s rays from shining on your eyes and exposing them to harm.
For the pool:
- Wear goggles: Goggles help protect your eyes from contact with pool chemicals that can be harmful for your eyes. Make sure you are wearing goggles that are the correct size, fully covering your eyes without any gaps.
- Make your eyes feel comfortable: Whether it be with over-the-counter eye drops or prescription ones from your optometrist, make sure to place a few drops in each eye before and after swimming. After swimming, splash your eyes with water to rinse off any pool chemicals or dirt that may have been exposed to any part of your eyes.
Though summer comes and goes, it doesn’t mean you have to stop protecting your eyes. Follow these tips year-round or ask your optometrist for further recommendations.
About Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation
Founded in 2006, by Kevin and Toni Spilsbury, Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation is the only nonprofit organization solely dedicated to improving the lives of Southern Nevada children, ages 0-22, who are visually impaired. NBCF provides comprehensive services for children and their families including: advocacy, family support, health services, education and adaptive recreation programs, and employment for visually impaired and blind young adults.
Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation’s programs and services are provided through the generous support of individual and corporate donors. For more information about Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation visit www.nvblindchildren.org.