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Protecting Your Eyes This Summer


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

Here are some tips to safe in the sun:

  1. Get sunglasses with 100% UV Protection – and wear them! If your glasses don’t protect against 100% of UV rays, they may be causing more harm than benefit.  Don’t worry, 100% UV blockage doesn’t have to cost more – plenty of more affordable options provide full UV protection.

  2. Sport larger sunglasses. When selecting sunglasses, the bigger the better. Try to seek shades with broad lenses and wraparound frames.

  3. Wear a large brimmed hat or visor. While sunglasses are a good first defense, a wide brimmed hat will provide the additional defense you need to shade your eyes from the sun’s rays.

  4. Sport sunglasses on cloudy days. Even when the sun is behind the clouds, UV rays are still able to peek through the clouds and harm your eyes. Don’t be deceived by the clouds.

  5. Keep a spare pair of sunglasses. You never know when that big wave is going to come and wash your shades right off your head. Better to be safe than sorry.

  6. Stay hydrated. In order to keep sufficiently hydrated, consume at least 8 cups of water a day. This will keep your skin and eyes hydrated also.

  7. Stay indoors during the middle of the day. Stay indoors when possible especially in the late morning and afternoon when the power of the sun and UV exposure are at a peak.

  8. Consider polarized lenses. Since they reduce glare from reflective surfaces, polarized lenses are great for water-based activities and driving.

  9. During outdoor activities such as riding a bicycle, watching fireworks or hiking, be sure to use proper eye protection to avoid injury.

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