Now that summer is finally here it’s time to ensure you protect your eyes from the risks of UV exposure and other summertime dangers.
Here are some pointers on staying safe in the sun:
Make sure your glasses provide proper UV protection. If your shades don’t offer 100% UV protection to protect your eyes from the dangers of UV exposure, they may be causing more harm than benefit. Not to fear, sufficient UV protection doesn’t mean a higher price – plenty of cheaper options give complete UV defense.
Sport larger shades. When it comes to UV defense, think big. Look for a pair with wraparound frames and wide lenses.
Wear a large sun hat or visor. While glasses are a great first step, a wide brimmed hat will provide the additional protection you need to shade your eyes from the sun’s rays.
Sport sunglasses on cloudy days. Even on overcast days, UV can still reach your eyes and do harm. Don’t be deceived by a cloudy day.
Have a second pair on hand. You never know when your glasses will get lost or broken. Having a second pair just in case will keep you from being stranded without proper eye protection.
Stay hydrated. It’s important to keep your eyes hydrated. Drink a minimum of 2 liters of water each day to prevent dehydrated eyes and skin.
Avoid midday sun. Stay inside when possible especially in the late morning and afternoon when the strength of the sun and ultraviolet radiation 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.
During outdoor activities such as riding a bicycle, watching fireworks or hiking, make sure you protect your eyes as necessary to avoid eye injuries.
Make sure you don’t apply sunblock too close to the eyes as it can enter the eye and cause irritation.