Summertime means we spend a lot more time outside, doing the things we want to do and soaking up the sun. It may be time for the annual family vacation to the lake, or it could be a good time to send the kids outside to play in the sandbox while you get some much needed cleaning done around the house.
But while you’re enjoying your time on the lakefront or sweeping the floors, there’s probably plenty of sand around. As with any foreign object, there’s a chance it can get in your eyes, especially if the wind picks up just right!
If you get sand lodged in your eyes, there’s no need to panic. Removing it should be done promptly if possible, and it should be done carefully, as well. Sand has sharp edges, which means there’s a chance your corneas may become scratched if you don’t take care of it quickly. Your eyes may also become irritated and red, which can be uncomfortable and make them hypersensitive to the sunlight.
The most effective way to remove sand from your eyes is to rinse your eyes under clean water. While this may also prove to be uncomfortable, it is much more bearable (and better for your eye health) than letting the sand remain in your eyes for a prolonged period of time. If this option isn’t available, such as if you’re on a boat or beach area, it’s best to allow your eyes to water and let your tears rinse your eyes naturally. This takes a bit longer, even if your eyes are watering profusely, but it still helps to remove the sand.
You should never rub your eyes or attempt to put your fingers in your eyes to remove a foreign object. This can be dangerous and possibly do your eyes more harm than good. If you rub your eyes while there is sand, for example, lodged inside, you risk scratching your corneas and causing extreme irritation and redness or swelling.
Plus, it may not even remove the sand from your eyes! This can actually lodge it further in your eye, since you are wiping away the tears that are trying to flush the object out of your eye.
The same idea is true with using your fingers to remove a foreign object. You may end up further irritating your eyes by using your fingers because your hands are dry and could contain more dirt or other particles and germs that will get into your eyes. It will only exacerbate the problem rather than fix it, so it’s best to let your tears naturally flush your eyes.
Keep your shades on during the summer to prevent sand from getting near your eyes, as they work well to block the wind. But now if you have the misfortune of getting sand stuck, you know a few tips and tricks on what to and not to do.
Enjoy the sunshine!