It’s officially summer and it’s time to make sure you safeguard your eyes from the sun and other warm weather dangers.
Here are some pointers on remaining safe in the sun:
Only wear sunglasses that block all UV rays. If your sunglasses don’t have 100% UV protection to guard your eyes from harmful UV damage, they may be resulting in more damage than good. Not to fear, 100% UV protection doesn’t mean a higher price – a number of more affordable options provide full UV defense.
Opt for shades that offer complete coverage. In the realm of UV defense, the bigger the better. Try to choose shades with large lenses and wraparound frames.
Wear a broad protective hat. A hat with a wide brim will block the sun before it reaches your eyes.
Wear sunglasses on cloudy days. Even on cloudy days, harmful UV light is still able to peek through the clouds and harm your eyes. Don’t be fooled by the clouds.
Have a spare pair of sunglasses. You never know when your glasses will get lost or broken. Better to be safe than sorry.
Drink enough. In order to stay hydrated, drink at least 8 cups of water a day. Doing so will keep your eyes hydrated .
Stay away from the afternoon sun. Stay indoors as much as possible especially between the hours of 11 am and 3 pm when the sun is at its most powerful and the highest levels of UV are in the air.
Consider purchasing polarized lenses. Polarized lenses reduce the reflection off of surfaces such as water. Perfect for water sports, beaching or driving, they provide more comfortable vision during outdoor activities.
Wear goggles when swimming to safeguard your eyes from water-borne bacteria or chemicals. Make sure the goggles are block UV as well, since the sun’s rays reflect off water and can increase UV exposure.
Be careful not to apply sunscreen too close to the eyes as it can enter the eye and burn.