It’s officially summer and it’s time to keep your eyes protected from summertime hazards.
Here are some pointers on keeping safe in the sun:
- Purchase sunglasses that block 100% of UV – and wear them! If your shades don’t have 100% UV protection to guard your eyes from harmful UV damage, they may be causing more harm than benefit. It’s important to consider that proper UV protection doesn’t mean a higher price – plenty of more affordable brands offer full UV protection.
- Opt for larger sunglasses. In the realm of UV defense, think big. Make sure to seek glasses with large lenses (which are currently in style) and wraparound frames.
- Wear a wide protective hat or visor. While glasses are a good first UV barrier, a large hat will provide the additional protection you need to guard your eyes from the sun’s rays.
- Wear sunglasses on overcast days. Even when you don’t feel the sun shining, harmful UV light is still able to peek through the clouds and do damage to your eyes. Even when the sun is hiding, it’s important to stay protected.
- Keep an emergency pair. It’s always good to be ready for an accidental break or loss. Better to be safe than sorry.
- Drink a lot of water. In order to remain hydrated, drink at least 8 cups of water each day. This will keep your skin and eyes hydrated .
- Stay away from the afternoon sun. Stay indoors when possible especially in the late morning and afternoon when the sun is at its strongest and the highest levels of UV are in the atmosphere.
- Consider polarized lenses. Since they reduce glare from reflective surfaces, polarized lenses are great for water-based activities and driving.
- When participating in outdoor sports or activities such as boating, watching fireworks or camping, be sure to safeguard your eyes as necessary to avoid eye injuries.
- Be careful with sunscreen. When applied near the eyes there is a chance it will enter the eye and cause irritation and burning.