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Mountain biking season is upon us!

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With the weather slowly but surely warming up (but not too hot), the season for gorgeous bike rides is upon us! What better way to spend time with our families outdoors instead of being cooped up inside staring at our screens! Get out and enjoy the fresh air, hop on bike and go ride. It doesn’t matter what kind of bike, be it mountain bike, road bike, electric bike, beach cruiser, BMX bike or even a balance bike, anything will do. Besides the obvious health benefits of riding (of which there are NUMEROUS), simply being outdoors is great for vision for your younger ones! 

However, whether you are out on the trails or at the beach, don’t forget the importance of proper eyewear along with your helmet, sunscreen and hydration! The harmful UV radiation from the sun can definitely damage the eyes so having a pair of sunglasses is a must. Performance sunglasses and specialty lenses from companies like Oakley, Rudy Project, SMITH and Nike help you to see better with more contrast on the road and along dirt trails with varying light levels. Nothing is worse than getting rocks and debris kicked into your eyes during a ride so having something to protect and shield your eyes is also very important.

Written by Cheryl Everitt

Cheryl M. Everitt, OD, received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, California in 1994. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from California State University, Fullerton. Dr. Everitt takes a special interest in treating patients with a variety of difficult eye conditions, such as chronic headaches and migraines. Dr. Everitt has been a conference speaker on topics ranging from contact lenses to practice management to trigeminal dysphoria. She has also participated in a mobile eye clinic in Riverside, and medical missions to Mexico. Dr. Everitt is one of the original founders of 20/20 Vision Associates Optometry and has practiced for 25 years. She was an associate research scientist for 4 years prior to becoming an optometrist. She is also an active member of her church.
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