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Summer Eye Care Tips

Now that the summertime is officially here it’s time to make sure you keep your eyes protected from the sun and other warm weather dangers.

Here are some pointers on remaining safe in the sun:

  1. Buy sunglasses that block 100% of UV – and try to wear them every time you go outside. If your shades don’t have 100% UV protection to protect your eyes from harmful UV damage, they may be causing more harm than benefit.  Be aware that sufficient UV blockage doesn’t necessarily cost more – a number of cheaper options provide full UV defense.

  2. Sport larger shades. In the realm of UV defense, think big. Make sure to opt for a pair with wide lenses and wraparound frames.

  3. Wear a large sun hat. A hat with a wide brim will provide an extra layer of defense before the sun reaches your eyes.

  4. Wear sunglasses on overcast days. Even when the sun is behind the clouds, UV can still reach your eyes and do damage. Even when you can’t see the sun, it’s important to keep protected.

  5. Keep a spare pair. You never know when your glasses will get lost or broken. Having a second pair just in case will save you from being left without eye protection.

  6. Keep hydrated. In order to keep hydrated, drink at least 8 cups of water a day. Doing so will keep your skin and eyes moist also.

  7. Stay away from the afternoon sun. Stay inside when possible especially in the late morning and afternoon when the strength of the sun and ultraviolet radiation in the atmosphere are at a peak.

  8. Consider polarized lenses. Polarized lenses minimize the reflection off of surfaces such as water. Perfect for water sports, beaching or driving, they offer more comfort during outdoor activities.

  9. Use goggles when swimming to guard your eyes from water-borne bacteria or chemicals. Because the sun’s rays reflect off water you can get a double exposure to UV so make sure swimming goggles are UV blocking as well.

  10. Be careful not to apply sunscreen too close to the eyes as it can enter the eye and cause discomfort.