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A Guide to Summer Eye Protection

Now that the summertime is officially here it’s time to make sure you defend your eyes from the risks of UV exposure and other summertime dangers.

Here are some tips to safe in the sun:

  1. Buy glasses that block 100% of UV rays. If your shades don’t protect against 100% of UV rays, they may be resulting in more damage than good.  Keep in mind that proper UV protection doesn’t have to cost more – plenty of cheaper brands give full UV blockage.

  2. Choose larger shades. When choosing sunglasses, think big. When possible, select a pair with wraparound frames and wide lenses.

  3. Wear a broad brimmed hat or visor. While shades are a good first UV barrier, a wide brimmed hat will provide the added protection you need to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.

  4. Wear sunglasses when it’s not sunny. Even when the sun doesn’t seem to be shining, UV can still reach your eyes and cause harm. Even when the sun is hiding, remember to keep protected.

  5. Keep sunglasses safe. Your sunglasses are a precious commodity and should be treated accordingly. It’s worth it to keep them in a safe and protected place to keep them free from scratches, breaks and dirt.

  6. Drink plenty. Drinking a minimum of 8 cups of water each day will not only prevent dehydration and dry skin but it will ensure your eyes are hydrated as well.

  7. Stay inside during the middle of the day. Stay indoors as much as possible especially 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. Polarized lenses minimize the glare from reflective surfaces such as water. Perfect for water sports, beaching or driving, they offer more comfort during outdoor activities.

  9. When participating in outdoor activities such as riding a motorcycle, sitting by a campfire or camping, make sure you wear proper eye protection to avoid eye injuries.

  10. Be careful with sunscreen. When applied near the eyes it can enter the eye and cause discomfort.