Know How to Keep Your Eyes Safe This Summer

Now that the summertime has officially arrived it’s time to keep your eyes protected from the sun and other warm weather dangers.

Here are some pointers on remaining safe in the sun:

  1. Buy glasses that have proper UV protection. If your sunglasses don’t provide 100% UV protection to guard your eyes from harmful UV damage, they may be causing more harm than good.  It’s important to know that sufficient UV protection doesn’t mean a higher price – many cheaper options offer full UV protection.
  2. Opt for larger sunglasses. In the realm of sunglasses, the bigger the better. Look for a pair with wraparound frames and wide lenses.
  3. Wear a broad sun hat or visor. While shades are a good first defense, a large hat will provide the added defense you need to protect your eyes from UV.
  4. Wear sunglasses on cloudy days. Even when the sun doesn’t seem to be shining, UV can still reach your eyes and do harm. Even when you can’t see the sun, it’s important to stay protected.
  5. Keep an emergency pair of sunglasses. You never know when a mishap can happen causing your glasses to break or get lost. Better to be safe than sorry.
  6. Stay hydrated. Drinking at least 2 liters of water a day will not only keep you and your skin hydrated but it will keep your eyes moist and hydrated as well.
  7. Avoid the afternoon sun. Stay indoors as much as possible especially in the late morning and afternoon when the sun is at its most powerful and the highest levels of UV are in the air.
  8. Consider purchasing polarized lenses. Polarized lenses minimize the glare from reflective surfaces such as water. Perfect for water sports, beaching or driving, they offer more comfort during outdoor activities.
  9. During outdoor activities such as riding a bicycle, sitting by a campfire or camping, make sure you protect your eyes as necessary to avoid injury.
  10. Be careful with sunscreen. When applied too close to the eyes it can enter the eye and cause discomfort.
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