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A Guide to Summer Eye Care

It’s officially summer and it’s time to ensure you safeguard your eyes from the risks of UV exposure and other summertime dangers.

Here are some pointers on remaining safe in the sun:

  1. Buy glasses that block 100% of UV rays. If your glasses don’t offer 100% UV protection to protect your eyes from harmful UV damage, they may be causing more harm than good.  It’s important to keep in mind that proper UV protection doesn’t mean a higher price – a number of reasonably priced products offer full UV protection.

  2. Wear larger shades. In the realm of UV defense, the larger the better. Look for sunglasses with broad lenses and wraparound frames.

  3. Wear a large sun hat or visor. A wide brimmed hat will provide an extra layer of defense before the sun reaches your eyes.

  4. Wear sunglasses on cloudy days. Even when you don’t feel the sun shining, UV can still reach your eyes and do damage. Don’t let the clouds fool you.

  5. Keep sunglasses protected. Sunglasses can easily be scratched, broken or lost. It’s worth it to keep them in a safe and protected place to keep them free from scratches, breaks and dirt.

  6. Stay hydrated. Consuming at least 8 cups of water each day will not only keep you and your skin hydrated but it will keep your eyes moist and hydrated as well.

  7. Stay inside during the middle of the day. Stay indoors as much as possible particularly in the late morning and afternoon 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 activities such as riding a motorcycle, watching fireworks or camping, be sure to wear proper eye protection to avoid injury.

  10. Be careful not to apply sunblock too close to the eyes or eyelids as it can enter the eye and cause discomfort.