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Safeguarding Your Eyes This Summer

Now that summer is here it’s time to make sure you keep your eyes protected from summertime hazards.

Here are some tips to keep your precious eyes safe in the sun:

  1. Get 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 resulting in more damage than good.  Don’t worry, proper UV blockage doesn’t have to cost more – many reasonably priced options offer complete UV protection.

  2. Choose larger shades. When it comes to sunglasses, the larger the better. When possible, opt for glasses with wraparound frames and wide lenses.

  3. Wear a broad brimmed hat. While sunglasses are a great first defense, a wide brimmed hat will provide the extra protection you need to shade your eyes from the sun’s rays.

  4. Wear sunglasses when it is cloudy. Even on overcast days, UV rays are still able to penetrate the clouds and harm your eyes. Even when you can’t see the sun, remember to keep protected.

  5. Invest in a proper sunglasses case. Sunglasses can easily be scratched, broken or lost. It’s worthwhile to store them in a safe and protected case to keep them free from scratches, breaks and dirt.

  6. Drink plenty of water. Consuming a minimum of 2 liters of water a day will not only keep you and your skin hydrated but it will ensure your eyes are hydrated as well.

  7. Stay away from the afternoon sun. Stay inside as much as possible particularly in the late morning and afternoon when the strength of the sun and UV in the atmosphere are at a peak.

  8. Consider polarized lenses. Since they reduce glare from reflective surfaces, polarized lenses are great for water-based activities and driving.

  9. When participating in outdoor sports or activities such as boating, watching fireworks or hiking, make sure you safeguard your eyes as necessary to avoid injury.

  10. Be careful not to apply sunscreen too close to the eyes as it can enter the eye and cause discomfort.