Snowbirds come to Florida’s beautiful beaches to slather their bodies with sunscreen and relax under an umbrella. Sometimes, though, they forget to protect their eyes from the sun’s penetrating rays. Your Orlando ophthalmologist, Doc Brock, has a handful of great ideas on how you can protect your eyes while taking in your favorite activities.

Spectator Sports

Whether you are a NASCAR fan or a die-hard Orlando City Pride aficionado, watching sports can be hard on your eyes, especially if your favorite team plays outdoors. Looking up or being at the top of a stadium can lead to inadvertently looking at the sun. This can become problematic if you spend long stretches of time outside without glasses that protect from the sun’s rays. Wear sunglasses whenever possible, even on cloudy days. Overexposure to the sun can lead to early cataracts, thickening of the cornea, and macular degeneration.

Water Activities

Contacts and glasses have an aversion to all things water. Glasses smear and contacts have the disadvantage of popping out when doused with water. In any water environment, wear goggles with your contacts and carry a specialized cleaning cloth for your glasses.

Participating in Sports

Many sports have specific eyewear for users, whether you have impaired vision or not. Look at the requirements for your favorite sport before you begin. If goggles are required, look into prescription goggles or a possible LASIK procedure.


Weekend warriors dedicate countless hours on their lawns. Lawnmowers, trimmers, and edgers are all notorious for flinging debris. Wear sunglasses or safety glasses when operating these unpredictable lawn tools.

Fully enjoy all your year-round activities with a LASIK treatment from your Orlando ophthalmologist. Call 407-843-5665 to schedule an appointment to determine the best procedure so you can participate in life without the worry of tearing your contacts or losing your glasses. Our blog page offers summertime solutions for your eyes.