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April is here and warmer temperatures, which brings a return of many outdoor sports and trips to the beach. And while it still may be too cool just yet to take a dip to escape the heat of the day, it’s never too early to give your eyes the rest they need from the sun’s rays.

Wear sunglasses. No matter what you’re doing outdoors, whether it’s mowing the lawn, taking a walk with your dog, enjoying some time in the park with your family, or playing volleyball surfside, you need to protect your eyes from the sun. First and foremost, get sunglasses that offer 100% UV protection. Secondly, to the extent that your fashion sense allows it, get sunglasses that are big enough to cover your eyes and the sensitive skin around them. And lastly, wear a hat and some sunscreen. A hat provides shade for your eyes and your face, and the sunscreen—well that won’t help your eyes (trust me it stings), but it will help your skin!

Wear protective eye gear for your sport, leisure activity, your job, or even those DIY projects around the house. Now that spring is here, the urge to get outdoors and be more active is definitely there, and that includes all those outdoor projects that have piled up during the winter downtime. If you’re not sure what type of protective eyewear you need (such as safety glasses or goggles, or specially-designed eyewear) consult your Sunglass and Optical Warehouse optometrist or one of our opticians. Your employer, if your protective eyewear need is job-related, may also have some specifications. And if you’re playing a sport, your coach may be able to provide some guidance.

Spring can also mean the return of certain allergies, especially from pollens from certain plants that flower this time of year or molds. It’s quite possible that the dry, itching feeling around your eyes ahs nothing to do with digital eyestrain, but from seasonal allergies. If you’re concerned, talk with your doctor. In the meantime, wash your hands more often or use an air purifier at home or work.

With April, we’re starting to experience longer days which means more time for our eyes to be open. Be sure to give your eyes a rest. While everyone enjoys a good book or time in front of their computer screen, tablet, or smartphone, your eyes need rest too. Don’t forget to give them some downtime—and if you can’t remember the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds.

Performance Eyewear for Every Occasion

Consumers these days have an abundance of performance eyewear to choose from that’s specifically designed for certain activities, lifestyles, and industries.

The professionals at Sunglass and Optical Warehouse assess your vision in the context of whatever sport or activity you or your family member is engaged in and can recommend the proper eyeglasses, shades, or contacts. And with more than 60 brands and more than 7,000 frames available, Sunglass and Optical Warehouse is San Diego’s premier provider of prescription and non-prescription sunglasses, including performance eyewear brands and sports applications from Rudy Project, Smith, Wiley X, Spy, Electric, and many others.