Summer Eye Safety: Tips from Coachella Valley Optometry

Summer is a time for outdoor fun, but it also brings eye hazards like swimming pool chemicals, sand, and UV exposure. Here’s how to keep your eyes safe:

Swimming Pool Chemicals

Chemicals in pools can lead to eye irritation, causing redness and potential infections. To protect your eyes, always wear goggles to prevent direct contact with pool water. If your eyes feel irritated after swimming, rinse them with fresh water immediately. Avoid rubbing your eyes, as this can worsen irritation and introduce bacteria. Using lubricating eye drops can also help soothe and hydrate your eyes after swimming.


Whether you’re at the beach or hiking in the desert, sand can easily get into your eyes, causing irritation and even scratches on the cornea. To avoid these injuries, wear protective sunglasses to shield your eyes from sand and debris. A wide-brimmed hat or visor can provide additional protection by keeping sand away from your face. If sand does get into your eyes, rinse them with clean, fresh water and avoid rubbing your eyes to prevent further damage.

UV Exposure

Prolonged exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can lead to serious eye conditions such as cataracts, macular degeneration, and photokeratitis (sunburn of the cornea). Protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays and consider wraparound styles for the best protection. A wide-brimmed hat can also reduce the amount of UV rays that reach your eyes. Try to limit your outdoor activities during peak sunlight hours, typically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

General Tips

Staying hydrated is critical for keeping your eyes healthy, so make sure to drink plenty of water. When participating in activities that could lead to eye injuries, such as mowing the lawn or playing sports, always wear appropriate eye protection. Finally, schedule regular eye exams to ensure your eyes are healthy and ensure early detection!

At Coachella Valley Optometry, we’re committed to helping you maintain healthy vision all year round. Follow these tips to keep your eyes safe this summer, and if you experience any eye problems or injuries, don’t hesitate to contact us for an appointment. Enjoy a fun and safe summer with clear, healthy vision!