Now that the summertime is officially here it’s time to ensure you protect your eyes from summertime hazards.
Here are some pointers on remaining safe in the sun:
Buy sunglasses that block 100% of UV – and wear them! If your shades don’t protect against 100% of UV rays, they may be resulting in more harm than good. Not to fear, 100% UV protection doesn’t mean a higher price – many reasonably priced brands provide full UV defense.
Choose sunglasses that provide more surface area. In the realm of sun protection, think big. It’s advised to find shades with wide lenses and wraparound frames.
Wear a large sun hat. While sunglasses are a good first defense, a large hat will provide the extra protection you need to shade your eyes from UV.
Sport sunglasses on cloudy days. Even when the sun doesn’t seem to be shining, UV can still reach your eyes and do harm. Don’t let a cloudy day deceive you.
Keep an emergency pair on hand. It’s always good to be prepared for the occasional break or loss. Better to be safe than sorry.
Stay hydrated. It’s important to keep your eyes hydrated. Consume a minimum of 8 cups of water each day to prevent dehydrated eyes and skin.
Avoid the afternoon sun. Stay indoors as much as 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 polarized lenses. Since they reduce glare from reflective surfaces, polarized lenses are great for water-based activities and driving.
Wear swimming goggles to protect your eyes from bacteria in the water or swimming pool chemicals. Make sure the goggles provide UV defense UV resistant as well, since the sun’s rays reflect off water and can double exposure to UV.
Be careful with sunscreen. If applied too close to the eyes there is a chance it will enter the eye and cause discomfort.