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Arizona Eye Care to Maintain Healthy Vision throughout the Summer

In celebration of Healthy Vision Month, we’re blogging throughout the month of May (and beyond!) to keep you informed of the latest Arizona eye care advice. As we’re sure your doctor mentioned, an Arizona eye exam is more important than ever throughout the summer season, when extreme heat and hazardous UV rays are most likely to threaten the health of your eyes.

Arizona, with over 300 sunny days per year on average, is arguably among the most precarious states in the nation for maintaining healthy eyes. Arizona summers are known for excessive heat, abundant sunlight, and sporadic but hazardous dust storms. Not only do these inconvenient (and annoying!) elements affect your skin and hair, but your eyes are often endangered, as well.

While we’re quick to apply sunscreen, it’s easy to forget the critical importance of sunglasses. But, as with other parts of your body, excessive exposure to UV rays can seriously damage your vision. Unbeknownst to many, the eye itself can become sunburned, a painful condition known as Photokeratitis. UV rays also contribute directly to the development of cataracts, wherein the corneas lose their clarity and become yellow or cloudy over time. The sun’s rays also contribute to macular degeneration, in which the center of your vision begins to diminish.

Always wear sunglasses and a brimmed hat outdoors, reminding yourself that UV rays are always present, even when the sky is overcast.

And while idling away the hours at the pool, be sure to wear goggles whenever you dive into the water. Pools are home to a multitude of bacteria and chemicals, and swimming with your eyes open invites a myriad of unwanted guests. Although chemicals are necessary to sanitize the water, they’re rough on your delicate eye tissue, and you may find yourself climbing out of the water with red, stinging eyes.

For more information on how to maintain healthy eyes and site throughout the Arizona summer, contact an Arizona eye care professional at Nationwide Vision. And help us get the word out about Healthy Vision Month by sharing what you’ve learned with family and friends! Keep your eyes peeled for more blogs posts, and observe Healthy Vision Month for life.