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A Guide to Summer Eye Care

It’s officially summer and it’s time to make sure you keep your eyes protected from the sun and other warm weather dangers.

Here are some pointers on remaining safe in the sun:

  1. Buy glasses that have proper protection from UV rays. If your sunglasses don’t provide 100% UV protection to protect your eyes from harmful UV damage, they may be causing more harm than good. Be aware that sufficient UV blockage doesn’t have to cost more – a number of reasonably priced brands provide complete UV protection.
  2. Wear sunglasses that offer more surface area. In the realm of sunglasses, the bigger the better. Look for sunglasses with wraparound frames and wide lenses.
  3. Wear a wide brimmed hat or visor. While shades are a good first defense, a large hat will give you the added defense you need to protect your eyes from the sun’s rays.
  4. Sport sunglasses when the sun is hidden. Even when you don’t feel the sun shining, UV can still reach your eyes and do damage. Even when you can’t see the sun, it’s important to stay protected.
  5. Have a second pair. It’s always good to be prepared for the occasional break or loss. Better to be safe than sorry.
  6. Stay hydrated. Drinking a minimum of 2 liters of water a day will not only prevent dehydration and dry skin but it will keep your eyes moist and hydrated as well.
  7. Stay away from the afternoon sun. Stay inside as much as possible especially in the late morning and afternoon when the sun is at its most powerful and the highest levels of UV are in the atmosphere.
  8. Consider polarized lenses. Polarized lenses minimize the reflection off of surfaces such as water. Perfect for a day at the beach or pool, they offer more comfort during outdoor activities.
  9. Use goggles when swimming to keep bacteria and chemicals in the water from entering your eyes. Because sunlight reflects off water you can increase exposure to UV so make sure swimming goggles are UV blocking as well.
  10. Be careful with sunscreen. When applied too close to the eyes it can enter the eye and cause irritation and burning.

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