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A Guide to Summer Eye Protection

Now that the summertime has arrived it’s time to make sure you guard your eyes from summertime hazards.

Here are some tips to stay safe in the sun:

  1. Only wear sunglasses that block all UV rays. If your shades don’t guard against 100% of UV rays, they may be causing more harm than benefit.  Be aware that proper UV blockage doesn’t have to cost more – many cheaper options offer complete UV protection.

  2. Opt for shades with more surface area. When it comes to sunglasses, the bigger the better. It’s advised to find shades with wraparound frames and wide lenses.

  3. Wear a wide sun hat or visor. While sunglasses are a good first step, a wide brimmed hat will provide the extra protection you need to guard your eyes from the sun’s rays.

  4. Sport sunglasses on cloudy days. Even when you don’t feel the sun shining, UV rays are 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.

  5. Keep sunglasses safe. Sunglasses can easily be scratched, broken or lost. It’s worthwhile to invest in a closed place to avoid mishaps.

  6. Drink a lot of water. In order to stay hydrated, drink a minimum of 2 liters of water each day. This will keep your skin and eyes hydrated also.

  7. Stay inside during the heat of the day. 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. 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 UV exposure.

  10. Make sure you don’t apply sunblock too close to the eyes as it can enter the eye and cause discomfort.