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Know How to Care for Your Eyes This Summer

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 keep your eyes safe in the sun:

  1. Purchase sunglasses that block 100% of UV – and try to wear them every time you go outside. If your glasses don’t protect against 100% of UV rays, they may be causing more damage than good.  Not to fear, proper UV blockage doesn’t mean a higher price – many cheaper options offer full UV protection.

  2. Opt for larger shades. When it comes to UV defense, the bigger the better. Make sure to seek shades with wraparound frames and wide lenses.

  3. Wear a broad sun hat. While shades are a good first defense, a wide brimmed hat will provide the extra protection you need to protect your eyes from UV.

  4. Wear sunglasses on cloudy days. Even when the sun doesn’t seem to be shining, UV rays are still able to penetrate the clouds and harm your eyes. Even when you can’t see the sun, it’s important to stay protected.

  5. Keep a second pair of sunglasses. You never know when that big wave is going to come and wash your sunglasses right off your head. Better to be safe than sorry.

  6. Stay hydrated. Consuming a minimum of 2 liters of water a day will not only prevent dehydration and dry skin but it will keep your eyes moist and hydrated as well.

  7. Stay inside during the heat of the day. Stay inside as much as possible especially between the hours of 11 am and 3 pm when the power of the sun and ultraviolet radiation in the atmosphere are at a peak.

  8. Consider polarized lenses. Polarized lenses minimize the reflection off of surfaces such as water. Perfect for water sports, beaching or driving, they provide more comfortable vision during outdoor activities.

  9. Wear swimming goggles to keep bacteria and chemicals in the water from entering your eyes. Make sure the goggles are block UV as well, since the sun’s rays reflect off water and can increase UV exposure.

  10. Be careful with sunscreen. If applied too close to the eyes it can enter the eye and cause discomfort.