It’s officially summer and it’s time to keep your eyes protected from the sun and other warm weather dangers.
Here are some pointers on staying safe in the sun:
Only wear sunglasses that block 100% of UV rays. If your shades don’t protect against 100% of UV rays, they may be resulting in more harm than benefit. Keep in mind that proper UV protection doesn’t mean a higher price – many cheaper options provide full UV blockage.
Opt for larger shades. In the realm of sun protection, think big. When possible, seek glasses with wraparound frames and wide lenses.
Wear a large brimmed hat or visor. While sunglasses are a good first step, a large hat will give you the additional protection you need to guard your eyes from UV.
Wear sunglasses when it is cloudy. Even when the sun is hiding behind the clouds, UV rays are still able to penetrate the clouds and do damage to your eyes. Don’t be deceived by a cloudy day.
Have an emergency pair on hand. You never know when a mishap can happen causing your glasses to break or get lost. Having a second pair just in case will prevent you from being left without eye protection.
Keep hydrated. In order to stay properly hydrated, consume a minimum of 2 liters of water each day. Doing so will keep your skin and eyes hydrated as well.
Stay away from midday sun. Stay inside when 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 purchasing polarized lenses. Since they reduce glare from reflective surfaces, polarized lenses are great for water-based activities and driving.
Wear goggles when swimming to safeguard your eyes from water-borne bacteria or swimming pool chemicals. Since sunlight reflects off water you can get a double exposure to UV so get goggles that block UV as well.
Make sure you don’t apply sunblock too close to the eyes or eyelids as it can enter the eye and cause discomfort.