It’s officially summer and it’s time to keep your eyes protected from summertime hazards.
Here are some pointers on keeping safe in the sun:
Get sunglasses that block 100% of UV – and try to wear them every time you go outside. If your shades don’t provide 100% UV protection to guard your eyes from the dangers of UV exposure, they may be resulting in more damage than benefit. Keep in mind that sufficient UV protection doesn’t have to cost more – many more affordable products give complete UV protection.
Choose shades that offer complete coverage. In the realm of shades, the bigger the better. It’s advised to find glasses with wraparound frames and wide lenses.
Wear a broad protective hat. While shades are a great first defense, a large hat will give you the added defense you need to guard your eyes from harmful UV rays.
Sport sunglasses on overcast days. Even when you don’t feel the sun shining, UV can still reach your eyes and do damage. Even when you can’t see the sun, remember to keep protected.
Invest in a sturdy sunglasses case. Sunglasses can easily be scratched, broken or lost. It’s worthwhile to keep them in a closed place to keep them free from scratches, breaks and dirt.
Stay hydrated. Drinking at least 8 cups of water each day will not only keep you and your skin hydrated but it will ensure your eyes are hydrated as well.
Stay inside during the middle of the day. Stay inside as much as 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.
Consider purchasing polarized lenses. Polarized lenses reduce the reflection off of surfaces such as water. Perfect for water sports, beaching or driving, they provide more comfortable vision during outdoor activities.
When participating in outdoor sports or activities such as boating, sitting by a campfire or hiking, be sure to safeguard your eyes as necessary to avoid injury.
Apply sunscreen carefully. When applied too close to the eyes there is a chance it will enter the eye and cause irritation and burning.