It’s official – summer is here and it’s time to ensure you safeguard your eyes from the risks of UV exposure and other summertime dangers.
Here are some pointers on remaining safe in the sun:
Make sure your glasses provide proper UV protection. If your sunglasses don’t protect against 100% of UV rays, they may be causing more harm than good. Not to fear, 100% UV protection doesn’t necessarily cost more – many reasonably priced options provide complete UV protection.
Sport sunglasses with more surface area. When it comes to sun protection, think big. When possible, seek shades with wide lenses (which are currently all the rage) and wraparound frames.
Wear a broad sun hat or visor. A wide brimmed hat will add an extra layer of defense against the sun’s rays.
Wear sunglasses on overcast days. Even when the sun doesn’t seem to be shining, UV can still reach your eyes and cause damage. Don’t let a cloudy day fool you.
Keep sunglasses safe. Sunglasses can easily be scratched, broken or lost. It’s worthwhile to keep them in a closed case to avoid mishaps.
Stay hydrated. It’s important to keep your eyes hydrated. Consume at least 2 liters of water a day to avoid dehydrated eyes and skin.
Stay inside during the heat of the day. Stay indoors as much as possible especially between the hours of 11 am and 3 pm when the strength of the sun and UV exposure are at a peak.
Consider polarized lenses. Since they reduce glare from reflective surfaces, polarized lenses are great for water-based activities and driving.
When participating in outdoor activities such as boating, watching fireworks or camping, be sure to wear proper eye protection to avoid injury.
Make sure you don’t apply sunblock too close to the eyes as it can enter the eye and cause discomfort.