Now that the summertime is here it’s time to keep your eyes protected from summertime hazards.
Here are some tips to keep your precious eyes safe in the sun:
Purchase sunglasses that block 100% of UV – and wear them! If your glasses don’t offer 100% UV protection to protect your eyes from harmful UV damage, they may be resulting in more harm than good. Be aware that 100% UV protection doesn’t necessarily cost more – many more affordable brands provide full UV protection.
Choose larger sunglasses. In the realm of sunglasses, the larger the better. It’s advised to find shades with wraparound frames and wide lenses.
Wear a large brimmed hat or visor. A wide brimmed hat will add an extra layer of defense against the sun’s rays.
Sport sunglasses when it is cloudy. Even when you don’t feel the sun shining, harmful UV light is still able to penetrate the clouds and harm your eyes. Even when the sun is hiding, it’s important to stay protected.
Invest in a proper sunglasses case. Your sunglasses are a good friend and should be treated accordingly. It’s worth it to keep them in a safe and protected place to keep them free from scratches, breaks and dirt.
Stay hydrated. It’s important to keep your eyes hydrated. Consume a minimum of 2 liters of water a day to avoid dehydrated eyes and skin.
Stay inside during the middle of the day. Stay indoors when possible especially between the hours of 11 am and 3 pm when the sun is at its strongest and the highest levels of UV are in the atmosphere.
Consider polarized lenses. Since they reduce glare from reflective surfaces, polarized lenses are great for water-based activities and driving.
Wear goggles when swimming to protect your eyes from water-borne bacteria or swimming pool chemicals. Make sure the goggles have UV protection block UV as well, since sunlight reflects off water and can increase exposure to UV.
Be careful not to apply sunscreen too close to the eyes or eyelids as it can enter the eye and cause irritation.