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10 Quick Tips for Summer Eye Care

Now that summer has officially arrived it’s time to keep your eyes protected from the sun and other warm weather dangers.

Here are some tips to safe in the sun:

  1. Purchase sunglasses that block 100% of UV – and wear them! If your glasses don’t protect against 100% of UV rays, they may be resulting in more harm than good.  Be aware that sufficient UV protection doesn’t mean a higher price – many reasonably priced brands provide complete UV protection.
  2. Wear sunglasses with more surface area. When it comes to UV defense, think big. It’s advised to find shades with wraparound frames and wide lenses.
  3. Wear a wide protective hat. While glasses are a great first defense, a large hat will provide the extra protection you need to guard your eyes from UV.
  4. Sport sunglasses on overcast days. Even on overcast days, UV can still reach your eyes and do harm. Don’t let a cloudy day fool you.
  5. Have an emergency pair. You never know when a mishap can happen causing your glasses to break or get lost. Having an emergency pair will save you from being stranded without proper eye protection.
  6. Drink plenty. In order to ensure that you are properly hydrated, consume a minimum of 8 cups of water a day. Doing so will keep your eyes moist also.
  7. Stay away from the afternoon sun. Stay inside when possible especially between the hours of 11 am and 3 pm when the sun is at its strongest and the highest levels of UV are in the air.
  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 riding a motorcycle, watching fireworks or hiking, make sure you protect your eyes as necessary to avoid injury.
  10. Apply sunscreen carefully. If applied too close to the eyes there is a chance it will enter the eye and cause irritation and burning.