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10 Quick Tips for Summer Eye Care

Now that summer has officially arrived it’s time to make sure you guard your eyes from summertime hazards.

Here are some tips to stay safe in the sun:

  1. Purchase sunglasses that block 100% of UV – and wear them! If your sunglasses don’t provide 100% UV protection to protect your eyes from harmful UV damage, they may be resulting in more damage than good.  Not to fear, proper UV blockage doesn’t mean a higher price – many affordable brands give complete UV blockage.

  2. Sport larger sunglasses. When selecting sunglasses, think big. Make sure to choose sunglasses with large lenses and wraparound frames.

  3. Wear a large protective hat. While sunglasses are a great first step, a wide brimmed hat will give you the additional defense you need to shade your eyes from UV.

  4. Sport sunglasses when it’s not sunny. Even when the sun is behind the clouds, harmful UV light is still able to peek through the clouds and do damage to your eyes. Don’t be fooled by the clouds.

  5. Have an emergency pair on hand. It’s always good to be prepared for the occasional mishap. Better to be safe than sorry.

  6. Drink enough. In order to remain properly hydrated, drink a minimum of 2 liters of water a day. This will keep your skin and eyes hydrated as well.

  7. Stay inside during the heat of the day. Stay indoors as much as possible especially in the late morning and afternoon when the strength of the sun and UV exposure are at a peak.

  8. Consider 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.

  9. When participating in outdoor activities such as riding a bicycle, watching fireworks or camping, make sure you protect your eyes as necessary to avoid injury.

  10. Apply sunscreen carefully. If applied near the eyes it can enter the eye and cause discomfort.