It’s officially summer and it’s time to make sure you keep your eyes protected from summertime hazards.
Here are some tips to remain safe in the sun:
Purchase sunglasses that block 100% of UV – and wear them! If your sunglasses don’t have 100% UV protection to protect your eyes from the dangers of UV exposure, they may be resulting in more harm than good. It’s important to consider that sufficient UV blockage doesn’t have to cost more – many cheaper products offer full UV blockage.
Sport shades that provide more coverage. In the realm of shades, the larger the better. It’s advised to find shades with wide lenses and wraparound frames.
Wear a wide brimmed hat or visor. A hat with a wide brim will provide an extra layer of defense against the sun’s rays.
Sport sunglasses on cloudy days. Even when the sun is hiding behind the clouds, harmful UV light is still able to peek through the clouds and do damage to your eyes. Even when the sun is hiding, it’s important to keep protected.
Keep a second pair of sunglasses. It’s always good to be ready for the occasional mishap. Better to be safe than sorry.
Stay hydrated. In order to ensure that you are properly hydrated, drink at least 2 liters of water each day. This will keep your skin and eyes hydrated as well.
Stay indoors during the middle of the day. Stay indoors 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 purchasing polarized lenses. Polarized lenses reduce the glare from reflective surfaces such as water. Perfect for a day at the beach or pool, they offer more comfortable vision during outdoor activities.
When participating in outdoor sports or activities such as riding a bicycle, watching fireworks or camping, be sure to safeguard your eyes as necessary to avoid injury.
Be careful not to apply sunscreen too close to the eyes as it can enter the eye and cause discomfort.