Now that summer is officially here it’s time to ensure you keep your eyes protected from the risks of UV exposure and other summertime dangers.
Here are some tips to keep your eyes safe in the sun:
Get sunglasses with 100% UV Protection – and try to wear them every time you go outside. If your sunglasses don’t provide 100% UV protection to guard your eyes from harmful UV damage, they may be causing more damage than good. Keep in mind that proper UV blockage doesn’t mean a higher price – many reasonably priced options provide complete UV defense.
Sport sunglasses that offer more coverage. In the realm of sun protection, think big. Try to choose glasses with broad lenses and wraparound frames.
Wear a broad sun hat. While glasses are a great first step, a wide brimmed hat will provide the added protection you need to protect your eyes from UV.
Sport sunglasses on overcast days. Even when the sun is hiding behind the clouds, harmful UV light is still able to penetrate the clouds and harm your eyes. Even when the sun is hiding, it’s important to keep protected.
Have an emergency pair on hand. You never know when a mishap can happen causing your glasses to break or get lost. Better to be safe than sorry.
Stay hydrated. In order to stay hydrated, drink a minimum of 8 cups of water a day. This will keep your skin and eyes hydrated also.
Stay indoors during the middle of the day. Stay inside when possible particularly in the late morning and afternoon when the sun is at its most powerful and the highest levels of UV are in the air.
Consider purchasing polarized lenses. Polarized lenses reduce the glare from reflective surfaces such as water. Perfect for a day at the beach or pool, they offer more comfortable vision during outdoor activities.
Wear goggles when swimming to keep bacteria and swimming pool chemicals from entering your eyes. Make sure the goggles provide UV defense block UV as well, since sunlight reflects off water and can increase UV exposure.
Make sure you don’t apply sunblock too close to the eyes or eyelids as it can enter the eye and cause irritation.