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10 Steps to Summer Eye Care

It’s officially summer and it’s time to make sure you safeguard your eyes from summertime hazards.

Here are some tips to keep your precious eyes safe in the sun:

  1. Buy glasses that block 100% of UV rays. If your sunglasses don’t protect against 100% of UV rays, they may be resulting in more harm than benefit.  Be aware that sufficient UV blockage doesn’t mean a higher price – a number of more affordable brands provide full UV protection.

  2. Choose sunglasses with full coverage. When choosing UV defense, think big. Look for sunglasses with wraparound frames and wide lenses.

  3. Wear a broad sun hat or visor. While glasses are a great first defense, a large hat will give you the additional defense you need to guard your eyes from the sun’s rays.

  4. Sport sunglasses on cloudy days. Even on cloudy days, UV can still reach your eyes and do damage. Even when the sun is hiding, it’s important to stay protected.

  5. Keep sunglasses safe. Sunglasses can easily be scratched, broken or lost. It’s worthwhile to invest in a safe and protected case to keep them free from scratches, breaks and dirt.

  6. Stay hydrated. Consuming a minimum of 2 liters of water each day will not only keep you and your skin hydrated but it will ensure your eyes are hydrated as well.

  7. Avoid the afternoon sun. Stay indoors as much as possible particularly in the late morning and afternoon when the sun is at its most powerful 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 provide more comfort during outdoor activities.

  9. Use swimming goggles to keep bacteria and swimming pool chemicals from entering your eyes. Make sure the goggles are block UV as well, because sunlight reflects off water and can increase UV exposure.

  10. Be careful not to apply sunblock too close to the eyes or eyelids as it can enter the eye and cause irritation.