It’s officially summer and it’s time to protect your eyes from the sun and other warm weather dangers.
Here are some pointers on remaining safe in the sun:
Buy glasses with 100% UV protection. If your sunglasses don’t provide 100% UV protection to guard your eyes from harmful UV damage, they may be resulting in more damage than good. Don’t worry, sufficient UV blockage doesn’t mean a higher price – many reasonably priced brands give complete UV protection.
Sport shades with more coverage. When selecting shades, think big. It’s advised to find shades with wraparound frames and wide lenses.
Wear a wide brimmed hat. While shades are a good first defense, a large hat will provide the additional defense you need to protect your eyes from UV.
Sport sunglasses when it is cloudy. Even when the sun is behind the clouds, UV can still reach your eyes and do harm. Don’t let the clouds deceive you.
Invest in a proper sunglasses case. Your sunglasses are a precious commodity and should be treated accordingly. It’s worth it to invest in a closed place to reduce the chances of mishaps.
Drink a lot. It’s important to keep your eyes hydrated. Drink at least 8 cups of water each day to avoid dehydrated eyes and skin.
Stay indoors during the middle of the day. Stay inside when possible especially between the hours of 11 am and 3 pm when the strength of the sun and UV exposure are at a peak.
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 provide more comfort during outdoor activities.
When participating in outdoor activities such as riding a motorcycle, watching fireworks or camping, make sure you wear proper eye protection to avoid injury.
Be careful not to apply sunblock too close to the eyes as it can enter the eye and burn.