Now that summer is officially here it’s time to guard your eyes from the risks of UV exposure and other summertime dangers.
Here are some tips to stay safe in the sun:
- Buy glasses that block 100% of UV rays. If your glasses don’t offer 100% UV protection to protect your eyes from harmful UV damage, they may be resulting in more damage than benefit. Don’t worry, proper UV protection doesn’t necessarily cost more – many affordable brands give full UV blockage.
- Wear larger sunglasses. When selecting sunglasses, think big. When possible, seek sunglasses with wraparound frames and wide lenses.
- Wear a large protective hat or visor. A wide brimmed hat will add an extra layer of defense against the sun’s rays.
- Wear sunglasses on cloudy days. Even when the sun is hiding behind the clouds, UV can still reach your eyes and do harm. Don’t let grey skies deceive you.
- Keep sunglasses protected. Sunglasses can easily be scratched, broken or lost. It’s worth it to keep them in a closed case to keep them free from scratches, breaks and dirt.
- Stay hydrated. Drinking a minimum of 8 cups of water each day will not only prevent dehydration and dry skin but it will keep your eyes moist and hydrated as well.
- Stay inside during the middle of the day. Stay inside as much as possible especially in the late morning and afternoon when the power of the sun and ultraviolet radiation exposure are at a peak.
- Consider polarized lenses. Since they reduce glare from reflective surfaces, polarized lenses are great for water-based activities and driving.
- During outdoor sports or activities such as riding a bicycle, watching fireworks or hiking, be sure to wear proper eye protection to avoid injury.
- Be careful not to apply sunblock too close to the eyes or eyelids as it can enter the eye and burn.