It’s officially summer and it’s time to guard your eyes from summertime hazards.
Here are some pointers on keeping 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 provide 100% UV protection to guard your eyes from harmful UV damage, they may be causing more harm than good. Be aware that proper UV protection doesn’t have to cost more – a number of reasonably priced brands offer complete UV protection.
Wear shades that provide more coverage. When selecting sun protection, think big. Make sure to choose sunglasses with large lenses and wraparound frames.
Wear a broad protective hat or visor. While shades are a good first defense, a wide brimmed hat will provide the extra defense you need to shade your eyes from the sun’s rays.
Wear sunglasses when it doesn’t seem sunny. Even when the sun is behind the clouds, UV can still reach your eyes and do harm. Even when you can’t see the sun, remember to stay protected.
Have a second pair of sunglasses. You never know when a mishap can happen causing your glasses to break or get lost. Having an emergency pair will save you from being stranded without proper eye protection.
Drink enough. It’s important to keep your eyes hydrated. Consume at least 2 liters of water each day to avoid dehydrated eyes and skin.
Avoid the afternoon sun. Stay inside as much as 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. Since they reduce glare from reflective surfaces, polarized lenses are great for water-based activities and driving.
During outdoor activities such as riding a motorcycle, sitting by a campfire or hiking, make sure you wear proper eye protection to avoid eye injuries.
Be careful with sunscreen. If applied too close to the eyes there is a chance it will enter the eye and cause discomfort.