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10 Ways to Protect Your Eyes This Summer

Now that the summertime has arrived it’s time to safeguard your eyes from summertime hazards.

Here are some pointers on remaining safe in the sun:

  1. Make sure you have sunglasses with 100% UV Protection – and try to wear them every time you go outside. If your sunglasses don’t offer 100% UV protection to guard your eyes from harmful UV damage, they may be causing more harm than benefit.  Be aware that proper UV blockage doesn’t mean a higher price – many reasonably priced options give complete UV defense.

  2. Choose larger sunglasses. In the realm of sunglasses, the bigger the better. When possible, opt for glasses with large lenses and wraparound frames.

  3. Wear a broad brimmed hat. A hat with a wide brim will deflect the sun before it gets to your eyes.

  4. Wear sunglasses when it is cloudy. Even when the sun doesn’t seem to be shining, harmful UV light is still able to penetrate the clouds and harm your eyes. Even when you can’t see the sun, remember to stay protected.

  5. Keep a spare pair on hand. You never know when your glasses will get lost or broken. Having a spare will keep you from being stranded without proper eye protection.

  6. Stay hydrated. Consuming a minimum of 8 cups of water each day will not only keep you and your skin hydrated but it will ensure your eyes are hydrated as well.

  7. Stay indoors during the heat of the day. Stay indoors as much as possible especially between the hours of 11 am and 3 pm when the power of the sun and ultraviolet radiation in the atmosphere are at a peak.

  8. Consider purchasing polarized lenses. Since they reduce glare from reflective surfaces, polarized lenses are great for water-based activities and driving.

  9. Use goggles when swimming to keep bacteria and swimming pool chemicals from entering your eyes. Make sure the goggles provide UV defense block UV as well, since the sun’s rays reflect off water and can increase exposure to UV.

  10. Apply sunscreen carefully. If applied near the eyes there is a chance it will enter the eye and cause discomfort.