Now that the summertime has arrived it’s time to protect your eyes from summertime hazards.
Here are some pointers on staying safe in the sun:
Make sure your glasses have 100% protection from UV rays. If your glasses don’t have 100% UV protection to guard your eyes from the dangers of UV exposure, they may be resulting in more harm than benefit. Keep in mind that 100% UV protection doesn’t mean a higher price – a number of reasonably priced products provide complete UV protection.
Choose larger shades. When choosing sun protection, the bigger the better. Try to choose sunglasses with wraparound frames and wide lenses.
Wear a broad protective hat. While glasses are a great first UV barrier, a wide brimmed hat will provide the extra protection you need to guard your eyes from harmful UV rays.
Sport sunglasses when it is cloudy. Even on overcast days, harmful UV light is still able to penetrate the clouds and harm your eyes. Even when the sun is hiding, it’s important to stay protected.
Keep sunglasses safe. Sunglasses can easily be scratched, broken or lost. It’s worthwhile to keep them in a safe and protected case to keep them free from scratches, breaks and dirt.
Keep hydrated. Consuming at least 8 cups of water each day will not only keep you and your skin hydrated but it will ensure your eyes are hydrated as well.
Stay away from midday sun. Stay indoors when possible especially between the hours of 11 am and 3 pm when the strength of the sun and ultraviolet radiation exposure are at a peak.
Consider purchasing polarized lenses. Since they reduce glare from reflective surfaces, polarized lenses are great for water-based activities and driving.
When participating in outdoor activities such as riding a motorcycle, watching fireworks or hiking, be sure to wear proper eye protection to avoid injury.
Make sure you don’t apply sunscreen too close to the eyes as it can enter the eye and burn.