Summer Eye Care Tips
Caring For Your Eyes This Summer
Now that the summertime has arrived it’s time to ensure you keep your eyes protected from the sun and other warm weather dangers. Here are some pointers on staying safe in the sun:
- Buy sunglasses with 100% UV Protection – and try to wear them every time you go outside. If your shades don’t provide 100% UV protection to protect your eyes from the dangers of UV exposure, they may be resulting in more harm than good. Keep in mind that sufficient UV protection doesn’t have to cost more – many reasonably priced options provide full UV protection.
- Sport larger sunglasses. When choosing UV defense, think big. When possible, choose a pair with wraparound frames and wide lenses.
- Wear a large protective hat or visor. While sunglasses are a great first UV barrier, a large hat will give you the added protection you need to shade your eyes from UV.
- Sport sunglasses when it’s not sunny. Even on overcast days, UV can still reach your eyes and do harm. Don’t be fooled by the clouds.
- Keep sunglasses protected. Sunglasses can easily be scratched, broken or lost. It’s worthwhile to keep them in a safe and protected place to avoid mishaps.
- Drink plenty of water. Drinking at least 8 cups of water each day will not only prevent dehydration and dry skin but it will keep your eyes moist and hydrated as well.
- Avoid the afternoon sun. Stay inside as much as possible especially between the hours of 11 am and 3 pm when the strength of the sun and UV exposure are at a peak.
- Consider purchasing polarized lenses. Polarized lenses reduce 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.
- When participating in outdoor sports or activities such as riding a bicycle, watching fireworks or hiking, make sure you protect your eyes as necessary to avoid eye injuries.
- Be careful not to apply sunblock too close to the eyes as it can enter the eye and burn.