Summer Eye Care Tips

It’s officially summer and it’s time to keep your eyes protected from the sun and other warm weather dangers.

Here are some pointers on keeping safe in the sun:

  1. Make sure you have sunglasses that block 100% of UV – and wear them! If your sunglasses don’t have 100% UV protection to protect your eyes from harmful UV damage, they may be causing more harm than good.  Be aware that sufficient UV protection doesn’t mean a higher price – many more affordable products offer full UV protection.
  2. Opt for larger sunglasses. When selecting sun protection, the bigger the better. It’s advised to find a pair with broad lenses (which are fortunately in fashion) and wraparound frames.
  3. Wear a large brimmed hat. While glasses are a great first step, a wide brimmed hat will provide the additional protection you need to shade your eyes from harmful UV rays.
  4. Sport sunglasses when the sun is hidden. Even when the sun is behind the clouds, UV can still reach your eyes and do damage. Even when the sun is hiding, it’s important to stay protected.
  5. Have an emergency pair of sunglasses. You never know when that big wave is going to come and wash your shades right off your head. Better to be safe than sorry.
  6. Drink a lot. Drinking at least 8 cups of water a day will not only keep you and your skin hydrated but it will ensure your eyes are hydrated as well.
  7. Stay indoors during the middle of the day. Stay indoors as much as possible particularly between the hours of 11 am and 3 pm when the power of the sun and UV in the atmosphere are at a peak.
  8. Consider purchasing polarized lenses. Polarized lenses minimize the glare from reflective surfaces such as water. Perfect for a day at the beach or pool, they provide more comfort during outdoor activities.
  9. Wear swimming goggles to keep bacteria and chemicals in the water from entering your eyes. Make sure the goggles are block UV as well, because the sun’s rays reflect off water and can double exposure to UV.
  10. Be careful not to apply sunblock too close to the eyes as it can enter the eye and cause discomfort.

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