Now that summer has officially arrived it’s time to make sure you keep your eyes protected from summertime hazards.
Here are some tips to stay safe in the sun:
Buy sunglasses with 100% UV Protection – and try to wear them every time you go outside. If your sunglasses don’t guard against 100% of UV rays, they may be causing more harm than benefit. Don’t worry, proper UV protection doesn’t have to cost more – many reasonably priced brands provide full UV defense.
Sport larger sunglasses. In the realm of shades, think big. Look for shades with broad lenses (which are currently in fashion) and wraparound frames.
Wear a wide sun hat. A hat with a wide brim will add an extra layer of defense before the sun reaches your eyes.
Sport sunglasses on overcast days. Even when you don’t feel the sun shining, UV can still reach your eyes and do harm. Even when you can’t see the sun, remember to stay protected.
Invest in a proper sunglasses case. Your sunglasses are a good friend and should be treated accordingly. It’s worth it to invest in a closed case to keep them free from scratches, breaks and dirt.
Drink enough. Drinking a minimum of 2 liters of water a day will not only keep you and your skin hydrated but it will keep your eyes moist and hydrated as well.
Stay inside during the heat of the day. Stay indoors when possible particularly in the late morning and afternoon when the sun is at its most powerful and the highest levels of UV are in the atmosphere.
Consider purchasing polarized lenses. Polarized lenses reduce the reflection off of surfaces such as water. Perfect for a day at the beach or pool, they offer more comfort during outdoor activities.
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 double exposure to UV.
Be careful not to apply sunscreen too close to the eyes as it can enter the eye and burn.