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A Guide to Summer Eye Care

It’s officially summer and it’s time to safeguard your eyes from the risks of UV exposure and other summertime dangers.

Here are some tips to remain safe in the sun:

  1. Make sure your glasses offer proper protection from UV rays. If your sunglasses don’t have 100% UV protection to protect your eyes from harmful UV damage, they may be causing more harm than good.  Keep in mind that proper UV protection doesn’t necessarily cost more – plenty of more affordable options give complete UV protection.

  2. Choose shades that offer more coverage. In the realm of shades, the bigger the better. It’s advised to find shades with wraparound frames and wide lenses.

  3. Wear a large brimmed hat or visor. A wide brimmed hat will block the sun before it reaches your eyes.

  4. Sport sunglasses when it’s not sunny. Even when the sun doesn’t seem to be shining, UV rays are still able to penetrate the clouds and do damage to your eyes. Even when the sun is hiding, remember to stay protected.

  5. Invest in a proper sunglasses case. Your sunglasses are a precious commodity and should be treated accordingly. It’s worth it to store them in a safe and protected place to minimize mishaps.

  6. Drink a lot. It’s important to keep your eyes hydrated. Drink at least 8 cups of water a day to avoid dehydrated eyes and skin.

  7. Stay inside during the middle of the day. Stay indoors as much as possible especially 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, sitting by a campfire or hiking, make sure you use proper eye protection to avoid eye injuries.

  10. Be careful with sunscreen. When applied too close to the eyes there is a chance it will enter the eye and cause discomfort.