Now that the summertime is officially here it’s time to keep your eyes protected from the sun and other warm weather dangers.
Here are some tips to stay safe in the sun:
Buy sunglasses that block 100% of UV – and try to wear them every time you go outside. If your shades don’t offer 100% UV protection to guard your eyes from the dangers of UV exposure, they may be resulting in more harm than good. Not to fear, 100% UV protection doesn’t have to cost more – a number of cheaper options provide full UV blockage.
Opt for sunglasses that provide more surface area. When it comes to sunglasses, the bigger the better. It’s advised to find a pair with wraparound frames and wide lenses.
Wear a broad sun hat or visor. While shades are a good first UV barrier, a large hat will give you the added defense you need to guard your eyes from harmful UV rays.
Wear sunglasses when it doesn’t seem sunny. Even when the sun is hiding behind the clouds, UV can still reach your eyes and do damage. Don’t let the clouds fool you.
Have a second pair on hand. It’s always good to be prepared for an accidental break or loss. Better to be safe than sorry.
Drink a lot. In order to stay hydrated, consume a minimum of 2 liters of water a day. Doing so will keep your eyes moist as well.
Avoid midday sun. Stay indoors when possible particularly between the hours of 11 am and 3 pm when the sun is at its most powerful and the highest levels of UV are in the air.
Consider purchasing polarized lenses. Polarized lenses reduce 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.
Wear swimming goggles to guard your eyes from bacteria in the water or swimming pool chemicals. Make sure the goggles are UV resistant as well, since the sun’s rays reflect off water and can increase UV exposure.
Be careful with sunscreen. When applied near the eyes it can enter the eye and cause discomfort.