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Know How to Keep Your Eyes Safe This Summer


We all know why we need to wear sunglasses and sunscreen in the summer. Winter, however, can be deceiving. It's an illusion to assume that we are safe from sunburns during the colder season.

Snow acts as a powerful mirror for sunlight and magnifies the effects of UV rays which would otherwise be absorbed by the ground. As a result, the eyes are exposed to both the UV radiation bouncing back from the snowy carpet and the rays shining down directly from the sun.

If your family is skiing or snowboarding up in the mountains, you need to be even more careful! UV rays are more powerful at higher altitudes. Another important factor to remember is that ultraviolet radiation penetrates through clouds, so even if the sun is hidden behind them, it can still damage your eyes.

Prevent overexposure to sunlight by wearing sunglasses that absorb at least 95% of ultraviolet radiation when you go outside, no matter what time of year it is. Even though you want to look great in your shades, the most important part of choosing sunglasses is making sure they provide adequate protection against UV. Make sure the lenses are 100% UV blocking by looking for an indication that they block all light up to 400 nanometers - UV400. The good news is you don't necessarily have to pay more for full coverage for your eyes. Dozens of reasonably priced options exist that still provide total ultraviolet protection.

Another important factor in selecting sun wear is the size of the lenses. You want to make sure your glasses cover as much of the area around your eyes as possible. The more coverage you have, the less harmful radiation will be able to penetrate. Lenses that wrap around the temples will also prevent UV waves from entering from the sides.

If you like to ski or frolic in the snowy hills, you should be aware that the sun's rays are stronger at higher elevations, so you need to be especially careful to keep your eyes shaded on the slopes. In addition to sunglasses, it's a good idea to put on a wide brimmed hat that covers your eyes.

Make a point to be knowledgeable about proper eye protection throughout the year. Don't forget to wear your sunglasses.

It’s official - summer has arrived and it’s time to make sure you safeguard your eyes from the sun and other warm weather dangers.

Here are some tips to stay safe in the sun:

  1. Get sunglasses with 100% UV Protection – and try to wear them every time you go outside. If your shades don’t protect against 100% of UV rays, they may be causing more harm than good.  Don’t worry, sufficient UV blockage doesn’t necessarily cost more – plenty of cheaper products give full UV defense.

  2. Choose larger shades. When choosing sunglasses, think big. When possible, select sunglasses with wraparound frames and wide lenses.

  3. Wear a wide brimmed hat or visor. While shades are a great first step, a wide brimmed hat will provide the added protection you need to shade your eyes from UV.

  4. Wear sunglasses on overcast days. Even when the sun is hiding behind the clouds, UV can still reach your eyes and cause damage. Don’t be deceived by a cloudy day.

  5. Invest in a sturdy sunglasses case. Your sunglasses are a precious commodity and should be treated accordingly. It’s worthwhile to keep them in a closed case to avoid mishaps.

  6. Stay hydrated. In order to remain properly hydrated, drink at least 8 cups of water a day. This will keep your eyes hydrated .

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

  8. Consider purchasing polarized lenses. Polarized lenses reduce the glare from reflective surfaces such as water. Perfect for water sports, beaching or driving, they provide more comfort during outdoor activities.

  9. When participating in outdoor sports or activities such as riding a motorcycle, watching fireworks or camping, be sure to use proper eye protection to avoid injury.

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