Now that summer is finally here it’s time to make sure you keep your eyes protected from the sun and other warm weather dangers.
Here are some pointers on remaining safe in the sun:
Make sure your glasses offer 100% UV protection. If your sunglasses don’t guard against 100% of UV rays, they may be causing more damage than benefit. Not to fear, 100% UV protection doesn’t mean a higher price – many more affordable options give full UV protection.
Sport sunglasses that provide full coverage. When it comes to shades, the larger the better. Try to select a pair with large lenses (which are currently in style) and wraparound frames.
Wear a large sun hat or visor. A hat with a wide brim will provide an extra layer of defense before the sun reaches your eyes.
Sport sunglasses when the sun is hidden. Even when the sun is hiding behind the clouds, UV can still reach your eyes and do harm. Don’t be deceived by a cloudy day.
Keep a spare pair of sunglasses. You never know when that big wave is going to come and wash those glasses right off your head. Having a second pair just in case will prevent you from being stranded without proper eye protection.
Keep hydrated. Consuming at least 8 cups of water a day will not only keep you and your skin hydrated but it will ensure your eyes are hydrated as well.
Stay away from midday sun. Stay indoors when possible particularly in the late morning and afternoon when the sun is at its most powerful and the highest levels of UV are in the air.
Consider purchasing polarized lenses. Polarized lenses minimize the glare from reflective surfaces such as water. Perfect for a day at the beach or pool, they offer more comfortable vision during outdoor activities.
When participating in outdoor sports or activities such as boating, watching fireworks or hiking, be sure to use proper eye protection to avoid injury.
Make sure you don’t apply sunscreen too close to the eyes or eyelids as it can enter the eye and cause discomfort.