How to look after your eyes on holiday this summer
Spending a few hours in the sun is one of the best shortcuts to looking and feeling younger and healthier. But without taking the proper precautions, it’ll quickly do the opposite: damaging the body and leading to macular degeneration, sunburn, skin cancer, and perhaps worst of all, wrinkles.
This isn’t good news for anyone not wanting to return from their holidays looking older than when they went. Fortunately, however, to protect yourself from the sun you don’t need to rock up to the beach or pool looking like you’re about to rob a bank. It can be as simple as finding the right shades, diversifying your diet, and escaping to the bar every so often.
Check out our top five tips for looking after your eyes on your jollies this summer:
1. Find a cool pair of high-quality sunglasses
Given they’re in fashion and don’t make you look like an overgrown fly, the next most important factor is they block 100 percent of UV rays and most HEV rays. Joking aside, don’t compromise on adequate protection for style.
2. Wear a wide-brimmed hat — whether in vogue or not
The wider the brim of the hat the better — think a big floppy Fedora or Panama. This will not only protect your eyes from the sun but also the delicate skin around them and the rest of your glowing face.
3. Don’t substitute shades for UV-absorbing contacts
Even the best UV-absorbing contacts are not enough to shield you from solar radiation. Always wear sunglasses to block out 100 percent of harmful rays — or even better, if you’re truly serious about long-term eye health, avoid contacts altogether.
4. Use the bar as the perfect excuse to give your eyes a break
Even short periods of regular exposure to UV and HEV rays can accumulate and cause permanent damage to your eyes. But simply closing them or moving to the shade isn’t enough to escape harmful rays — give your eyes some respite and escape to the bar for another mojito.
5. Opt for fish whenever it’s on the menu
The research is clear that oily fish and omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial for eye health, and in particular in preventing dry eye syndrome. Sunbathed for a little too long? Go for the mackerel, tuna, or salmon option. And at the supermarket, choose roasted nuts over any other snacks.
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