Now that the summertime is finally here it’s time to guard your eyes from summertime hazards.
Here are some pointers on staying safe in the sun:
Buy glasses that block 100% of UV rays. If your shades don’t guard against 100% of UV rays, they may be causing more damage than good. It’s important to keep in mind that sufficient UV blockage doesn’t mean a higher price – many cheaper products give complete UV protection.
Sport larger sunglasses. In the realm of sun protection, the larger the better. Look for a pair with broad lenses and wraparound frames.
Wear a large sun hat. While glasses are a great first step, a large hat will give you the additional defense you need to protect your eyes from the sun’s rays.
Wear sunglasses when it doesn’t seem sunny. Even on overcast days, harmful UV light is still able to peek through the clouds and do damage to your eyes. Don’t let the clouds fool you.
Keep an emergency pair of sunglasses. You never know when that big wave is going to come and wash your sunglasses right off your head. Having a spare will keep you from being left without eye protection.
Drink a lot. It’s important to keep your eyes hydrated. Drink a minimum of 2 liters of water each day to prevent dehydrated eyes and skin.
Avoid the afternoon sun. Stay indoors when possible especially between the hours of 11 am and 3 pm 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 glare from reflective surfaces such as water. Perfect for a day at the beach or pool, they provide more comfortable vision during outdoor activities.
Use goggles when swimming to keep bacteria and chemicals in the water from entering your eyes. Since the sun’s rays reflect off water you can increase exposure to UV so make sure swimming goggles are UV blocking as well.
Be careful not to apply sunscreen too close to the eyes as it can enter the eye and cause discomfort.