Now that the summertime is officially here it’s time to make sure you keep your eyes protected from the risks of UV exposure and other summertime dangers.
Here are some tips to remain safe in the sun:
Get sunglasses with 100% UV Protection – and try to wear them every time you go outside. If your glasses don’t guard against 100% of UV rays, they may be resulting in more harm than benefit. Not to fear, proper UV blockage doesn’t mean a higher price – many cheaper brands provide complete UV protection.
Choose sunglasses that offer more surface area. When it comes to shades, the bigger the better. It’s advised to find glasses with large lenses (which are currently all the rage) and wraparound frames.
Wear a broad protective hat or visor. A hat with a wide brim will block the sun before it gets to your eyes.
Wear sunglasses when the sun is hidden. Even when the sun is hiding behind the clouds, UV rays are still able to peek through the clouds and do damage to your eyes. Even when the sun is hiding, it’s important to keep protected.
Have an emergency pair on hand. You never know when your glasses will get lost or broken. Better to be safe than sorry.
Drink a lot. It’s important to keep your eyes hydrated. Consume a minimum of 2 liters of water each day to avoid dehydrated eyes and skin.
Stay indoors during the heat of the day. Stay indoors when possible especially in the late morning and afternoon when the power of the sun and UV exposure are at a peak.
Consider polarized lenses. Polarized lenses reduce the reflection off of surfaces such as water. Perfect for water sports, beaching or driving, they offer more comfortable vision during outdoor activities.
During outdoor activities such as boating, watching fireworks or hiking, be sure to wear proper eye protection to avoid injury.
Be careful not to apply sunblock too close to the eyes or eyelids as it can enter the eye and cause discomfort.