1. Wear Sun Protection

A lot of people come to the ER with burned corneas each summer. The sun shoots out rays of different lengths. The most damaging are the ultraviolet rays, which are classified as UVA and UVB. Most decent sunglasses should protect against UVB. If they also protect against UVA, it should say so on them.

Sunglasses may be one thing you don’t want to skimp on. Some people like dark tints but the UV-blocking coating is the same on any color. Polarized lenses may be more comfortable for workers outside because they block glare.

Too much ultraviolet can accelerate the formation of cataracts. The hat-sunglasses combo should also be worn at the beach, amusement parks, bike rides, boating, or anyplace where there is prolonged sun exposure.

And don’t forget the little ones, they need the same.

  1. Wear Serious Eye Protection While Doing Home Projects

How often do you see Dad weed whacking or mowing and little Junior playing nearby? Both should be wearing eye protection. Eye protection does not mean wearing reading or sunglasses. It means wearing professional quality goggles from your local DIY store. It is easy to get corneal lacerations, and this can only be repaired with surgery.

  1. Protect your Eyes During Sports

The bigger the ball, the less likely of an eye injury. Basketball is unlikely to injure eyes. But baseballs and softballs can

[and so can] golf balls, squash, and handballs.

  1. Avoid or Protect Against Chemicals

You can jump in a pool and if your eyes sting, it may mean the chemicals aren’t balanced. It may irritage and cause red eyes. If it hurts, get out and rinse your eyes immediately with clean water, even if you have to buy a bottle. Then don’t go back in and if it stings for hoursm you should go and see a doctor. To soothe irritated eyes, use artificial tears, not anti-redness drops.

  1. Protect Against Oddball Events

If you think summer is one big eye accident waiting to happen, you might be right.

Consider these other threats: Pellet or dart guns, Archery, Fireworks, Snapping bungee cords from tying down luggage (These can lash out at 70 kph), Battery acid from improperly jumped auto batteries. Keep goggles in the trunk. Steam from spewing radiators could also injure eyes.