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Know How to Keep Your Eyes Safe This Summer

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.