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A Guide to Summer Eye Protection


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

Here are some pointers on keeping safe in the sun:

  1. Make sure your glasses offer proper protection from UV rays. If your shades don’t protect against 100% of UV rays, they may be resulting in more harm than benefit.  Be aware that sufficient UV protection doesn’t mean a higher price – many cheaper products offer full UV protection.

  2. Choose larger shades. When choosing shades, think big. It’s advised to find glasses with wraparound frames and wide lenses.

  3. Wear a wide sun hat. A wide brimmed hat will provide an extra layer of defense before the sun reaches your eyes.

  4. Sport sunglasses when it doesn’t seem sunny. Even when the sun is hiding behind the clouds, harmful UV light is still able to penetrate the clouds and harm your eyes. Even when the sun is hiding, remember to stay protected.

  5. Have a spare pair on hand. It’s always good to be prepared for an accidental mishap. Having a spare will keep you from being left without proper eye protection.

  6. Stay hydrated. In order to stay sufficiently hydrated, consume a minimum of 2 liters of water each day. Doing so will keep your skin and eyes moist .

  7. Stay away from midday sun. Stay inside when possible especially in the late morning and afternoon when the strength of the sun and UV 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 offer more comfortable vision during outdoor activities.

  9. Wear swimming goggles to protect your eyes from bacteria in the water or swimming pool chemicals. Because the sun’s rays reflect off water you can increase exposure to UV so make sure swimming goggles block UV as well.

  10. Be careful with sunscreen. When applied near the eyes there is a chance it will enter the eye and cause discomfort.