It’s official - summer has arrived and it’s time to safeguard your eyes from summertime hazards.
Here are some tips to keep your eyes safe in the sun:
Make sure your glasses provide 100% protection from UV rays. If your sunglasses don’t provide 100% UV protection to guard your eyes from the dangers of UV exposure, they may be resulting in more damage than benefit. Not to fear, sufficient UV blockage doesn’t have to cost more – many cheaper brands provide full UV defense.
Wear larger shades. In the realm of shades, the bigger the better. Make sure to choose shades with wraparound frames and wide lenses.
Wear a broad protective hat or visor. A wide brimmed hat will block the sun before it gets to your eyes.
Sport sunglasses on cloudy days. Even when you don’t feel the sun shining, UV can still reach your eyes and cause damage. Don’t be fooled by a cloudy day.
Invest in a proper sunglasses case. Sunglasses can easily be scratched, broken or lost. It’s worth it to store them in a closed place to keep them free from scratches, breaks and dirt.
Drink enough. In order to ensure that you are properly hydrated, consume at least 8 cups of water a day. Doing so will keep your skin and eyes moist as well.
Stay indoors during the middle of the day. Stay indoors as much as possible particularly in the late morning and afternoon when the sun is at its strongest and the highest levels of UV are in the atmosphere.
Consider polarized lenses. Since they reduce glare from reflective surfaces, polarized lenses are great for water-based activities and driving.
Wear swimming goggles to protect your eyes from water-borne bacteria or chemicals. Make sure the goggles are block UV as well, since sunlight reflects off water and can increase exposure to UV.
Be careful not to apply sunscreen too close to the eyes or eyelids as it can enter the eye and cause irritation.