The Utah Vision Development Center understands that many of our patients are outdoor enthusiasts, just like we are. Hiking is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy all of the beautiful natural splendor around us. Whether you are going for a day trip or a trek out into the back country, keep in mind that eye care can be just as important as staying hydrated and having the proper clothing for the elements. In this month’s blog post, we are going to take a look at a few simple ways that you can make sure that you and your family’s eyes are well protected when you are out there in the great outdoors!
Our great state enjoys a lot of sunshine throughout the year, and no one really enjoys hiking in the rain. When you are setting out on one of those beautiful days with bright sunshine and not a cloud in the sky, be sure to bring along some eye protection. Sunglasses are always a great idea when you are spending any amount of time outdoors, but on a sunny day protecting your eyes from potentially harmful rays becomes even more important. Polarized lenses are much better than regular sunglasses, and the cost of a good pair of sports glasses is definitely worth the investment. Be sure that the lenses cover the entire eye area, with wrap glasses the most effective.
WIND AND RAIN
Getting caught out in the elements can be just as uncomfortable as hiking under a blazing sun. Proper preparation can minimize the discomfort and also keep your eyes protected and safe. Strong winds have the ability to blow foreign objects into the eye while rain can often contain dust and other contaminants. When hiking in inclement weather it is best to keep a hat on to decrease the effect the weather will have on the eyes. One important thing to remember is to not rub the eyes if they get wet or overly moist. Keep a clean cloth or bandana handy to gently pat the area around the eyes dry should you get caught in a rainstorm.
DUSTY TRAILS IN AN ARID ENVIRONMENT
On a windy day, dust can swirl up and create mayhem in an already arid and dry dirt environment. Be sure to keep your eyes covered, and this is one situation where those wrap-around sunglasses will come in handy. And again, if you do get dust or a foreign object in your eye, be sure to rinse out with clean and cool water rather than rubbing the eye area. Moisturizing drops are a great item to throw into your backpack before you hit the trails. These drops will keep the eyes moist and prevent them from drying out and becoming itchy.
These simple tips will keep your eyes protected while you to take in the beautiful vistas throughout Utah. The Utah Vision Development Center looks forward to seeing you soon!