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Protecting Your Eyes This Summer

Now that summer is officially here it’s time to make sure you guard your eyes from the risks of UV exposure and other summertime dangers.

Here are some tips to remain safe in the sun:

  1. Purchase sunglasses with 100% UV Protection – and try to wear them every time you go outside. If your sunglasses don’t offer 100% UV protection to guard your eyes from harmful UV damage, they may be resulting in more harm than good.  It’s important to keep in mind that proper UV protection doesn’t necessarily cost more – many reasonably priced brands offer complete UV protection.

  2. Sport sunglasses that offer complete coverage. In the realm of sunglasses, think big. It’s advised to find sunglasses with wraparound frames and wide lenses.

  3. Wear a wide sun hat or visor. A wide brimmed hat will block the sun before it gets to your eyes.

  4. Wear sunglasses when it is cloudy. Even when the sun is hiding behind the clouds, UV can still reach your eyes and cause harm. Even when you can’t see the sun, it’s important to keep protected.

  5. Invest in a proper sunglasses case. Your sunglasses are a precious commodity and should be treated accordingly. It’s worthwhile to keep them in a closed place to reduce the chances of mishaps.

  6. Drink plenty. It’s important to keep your eyes hydrated. Consume a minimum of 2 liters of water each day to avoid dehydrated eyes and skin.

  7. Avoid the afternoon sun. Stay indoors when 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 polarized lenses. Since they reduce glare from reflective surfaces, polarized lenses are great for water-based activities and driving.

  9. When participating in outdoor activities such as riding a bicycle, sitting by a campfire or camping, be sure to safeguard your eyes as necessary to avoid injury.

  10. Apply sunscreen carefully. When applied near the eyes there is a chance it will enter the eye and cause discomfort.