Now that the summertime is finally here it’s time to keep your eyes protected from summertime hazards.
Here are some pointers on staying safe in the sun:
Buy glasses that block all UV rays. If your glasses don’t protect against 100% of UV rays, they may be resulting in more harm than good. Keep in mind that proper UV protection doesn’t mean a higher price – plenty of reasonably priced brands provide full UV blockage.
Wear larger sunglasses. When selecting sun protection, think big. Look for glasses with wide lenses and wraparound frames.
Wear a broad sun hat. While sunglasses are a good first UV barrier, a wide brimmed hat will provide the extra protection you need to shade your eyes from UV.
Sport sunglasses when it doesn’t seem sunny. Even when the sun doesn’t seem to be shining, UV can still reach your eyes and cause damage. Don’t let the clouds fool you.
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. Better to be safe than sorry.
Drink enough. It’s important to keep your eyes hydrated. Consume at least 8 cups of water each day to prevent dehydrated eyes and skin.
Stay away from the afternoon sun. Stay indoors when possible especially between the hours of 11 am and 3 pm when the strength of the sun and ultraviolet radiation in the atmosphere are at a peak.
Consider polarized lenses. Since they reduce glare from reflective surfaces, polarized lenses are great for water-based activities and driving.
During outdoor sports or activities such as riding a bicycle, sitting by a campfire or camping, be sure to use proper eye protection to avoid injury.
Make sure you don’t apply sunblock too close to the eyes as it can enter the eye and cause irritation.