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10 Quick Tips for Summer Eye Care

It’s official - summer has arrived and it’s time to ensure you keep your eyes protected from summertime hazards.

Here are some pointers on keeping safe in the sun:

  1. Only wear sunglasses that offer 100% protection from UV rays. If your sunglasses don’t protect against 100% of UV rays, they may be causing more damage than good.  It’s important to know that 100% UV protection doesn’t mean a higher price – many reasonably priced options offer complete UV defense.

  2. Sport shades with more surface area. In the realm of sun protection, the bigger the better. When possible, select shades with large lenses (which are fortunately in style) and wraparound frames.

  3. Wear a wide brimmed hat or visor. While shades are a good first step, a large hat will provide the extra defense you need to guard your eyes from harmful UV rays.

  4. Sport sunglasses on overcast days. Even when the sun doesn’t seem to be shining, UV can still reach your eyes and do damage. Even when the sun is hiding, it’s important to keep protected.

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

  6. Stay hydrated. It’s important to keep your eyes hydrated. Drink a minimum of 8 cups of water each day to avoid dehydrated eyes and skin.

  7. Avoid midday sun. Stay indoors when possible particularly in the late morning and afternoon when the power of the sun and UV in the atmosphere are at a peak.

  8. Consider polarized lenses. Polarized lenses minimize the reflection off of surfaces such as water. Perfect for water sports, beaching or driving, they provide more comfortable vision during outdoor activities.

  9. Wear swimming goggles to protect your eyes from water-borne bacteria or chemicals. Make sure the goggles have UV defense block UV as well, since the sun’s rays reflect off water and can increase exposure to UV.

  10. Apply sunscreen carefully. When applied too close to the eyes it can enter the eye and cause discomfort.