Now that the summertime is here it’s time to make sure you keep your eyes protected from the risks of UV exposure and other summertime dangers.
Here are some pointers on remaining safe in the sun:
Get sunglasses that block 100% of UV – and try to wear them every time you go outside. If your sunglasses don’t protect against 100% of UV rays, they may be causing more damage than good. Be aware that proper UV blockage doesn’t mean a higher price – many reasonably priced products offer full UV protection.
Opt for larger sunglasses. In the realm of UV defense, think big. Look for sunglasses with large lenses and wraparound frames.
Wear a large brimmed hat. A hat with a wide brim will provide an extra layer of defense before the sun reaches your eyes.
Sport sunglasses on overcast days. Even on cloudy days, UV can still reach your eyes and do harm. Don’t let the clouds deceive you.
Invest in a proper sunglasses case. Sunglasses can easily be scratched, broken or lost. It’s worth it to keep them in a safe and protected place to minimize mishaps.
Drink a lot. It’s important to keep your eyes hydrated. Drink a minimum of 2 liters of water each day to prevent dehydrated eyes and skin.
Avoid the afternoon sun. Stay inside as much as possible especially in the late morning and afternoon when the sun is at its strongest and the highest levels of UV are in the atmosphere.
Consider purchasing polarized lenses. Polarized lenses minimize the reflection off of surfaces such as water. Perfect for water sports, beaching or driving, they provide more comfort during outdoor activities.
Use swimming goggles to safeguard your eyes from bacteria in the water or chemicals. Because the sun’s rays reflect off water you can increase exposure to UV so make sure swimming goggles block UV as well.
Apply sunscreen carefully. When applied near the eyes it can enter the eye and cause irritation and burning.