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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Consider polarized lenses. Since they reduce glare from reflective surfaces, polarized lenses are great for water-based activities and driving.
- 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.
- Apply sunscreen carefully. If applied too close to the eyes there is a chance it will enter the eye and cause irritation and burning.