It’s official – summer is here and it’s time to guard your eyes from the sun and other warm weather dangers.
Here are some pointers on keeping safe in the sun:
- Make sure you have sunglasses with 100% UV Protection – and try to wear them every time you go outside. If your sunglasses don’t protect against 100% of UV rays, they may be causing more harm than good. Not to fear, sufficient UV blockage doesn’t mean a higher price – many reasonably priced options provide complete UV blockage.
- Sport larger shades. When selecting UV defense, the larger the better. When possible, opt for a pair with broad lenses (which are currently in style) and wraparound frames.
- Wear a broad brimmed hat or visor. A hat with a wide brim will deflect the sun before it reaches your eyes.
- Sport sunglasses on overcast days. 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 keep protected.
- Keep a second pair. It’s always good to be prepared for an accidental mishap. Better to be safe than sorry.
- Stay hydrated. It’s important to keep your eyes hydrated. Consume a minimum of 8 cups of water a day to prevent dehydrated eyes and skin.
- Stay away from midday sun. Stay inside when possible particularly in the late morning and afternoon when the power of the sun and ultraviolet radiation in the atmosphere are at a peak.
- Consider purchasing polarized lenses. Since they reduce glare from reflective surfaces, polarized lenses are great for water-based activities and driving.
- During outdoor sports or activities such as boating, watching fireworks or camping, be sure to wear proper eye protection to avoid eye injuries.
- Make sure you don’t apply sunblock too close to the eyes or eyelids as it can enter the eye and cause irritation.