Now that the summertime is here it’s time to ensure you defend your eyes from summertime hazards.
Here are some tips to safe in the sun:
Make sure your glasses have 100% protection from UV rays. If your sunglasses don’t guard against 100% of UV rays, they may be causing more damage than good. Keep in mind that proper UV protection doesn’t mean a higher price – many reasonably priced products offer complete UV defense.
Choose larger sunglasses. In the realm of sun protection, the bigger the better. Look for glasses with broad lenses (which are fortunately in style) and wraparound frames.
Wear a wide sun hat or visor. A wide brimmed hat will add an extra layer of defense before the sun reaches your eyes.
Sport sunglasses on overcast days. Even on cloudy days, harmful UV light is still able to penetrate the clouds and harm your eyes. Don’t be deceived by the clouds.
Invest in a sturdy sunglasses case. Your sunglasses are a good friend and should be treated accordingly. It’s worthwhile to invest in a closed place to avoid mishaps.
Drink plenty of water. In order to stay hydrated, drink at least 8 cups of water a day. This will keep your skin and eyes moist also.
Stay away from midday sun. Stay inside 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 air.
Consider polarized lenses. Polarized lenses minimize the reflection off of surfaces such as water. Perfect for a day at the beach or pool, they provide more comfort during outdoor activities.
Use goggles when swimming to keep bacteria and swimming pool chemicals from entering your eyes. Make sure the goggles are UV resistant as well, since the sun’s rays reflect off water and can increase exposure to UV.
Be careful not to apply sunblock too close to the eyes as it can enter the eye and burn.