It’s official – summer is here and it’s time to keep your eyes protected from the risks of UV exposure and other summertime dangers.
Here are some tips to keep your eyes safe in the sun:
Make sure your glasses offer proper protection from UV rays. If your glasses don’t protect against 100% of UV rays, they may be resulting in more damage than benefit. Be aware that 100% UV protection doesn’t necessarily cost more – many cheaper products provide full UV protection.
Sport larger sunglasses. When choosing shades, think big. It’s advised to find glasses with broad lenses (which are currently in style) and wraparound frames.
Wear a large brimmed hat or visor. A hat with a wide brim will block the sun before it reaches your eyes.
Sport 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. Even when you can’t see the sun, remember 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 invest in a closed place to reduce the chances of mishaps.
Keep hydrated. In order to remain properly hydrated, drink at least 8 cups of water a day. Doing so will keep your skin and eyes moist as well.
Stay away from the afternoon sun. Stay indoors as much as possible particularly in the late morning and afternoon when the power of the sun and UV in the atmosphere are at a peak.
Consider polarized lenses. Since they reduce glare from reflective surfaces, polarized lenses are great for water-based activities and driving.
Use goggles when swimming to guard your eyes from water-borne bacteria or swimming pool chemicals. Since the sun’s rays reflect off water you can increase exposure to UV so make sure swimming goggles are UV blocking as well.
Be careful with sunscreen. When applied near the eyes there is a chance it will enter the eye and cause discomfort.