It’s official - summer has arrived and it’s time to ensure you keep your eyes protected from summertime hazards.
Here are some pointers on remaining safe in the sun:
Make sure you have sunglasses with 100% UV Protection – and wear them! If your shades don’t guard against 100% of UV rays, they may be resulting in more harm than benefit. It’s important to know that 100% UV protection doesn’t mean a higher price – many affordable brands give complete UV blockage.
Choose shades that provide complete coverage. In the realm of sun protection, think big. When possible, opt for glasses with large lenses and wraparound frames.
Wear a large brimmed hat or visor. A wide brimmed hat will deflect the sun before it gets to your eyes.
Sport sunglasses on overcast days. Even when you don’t feel the sun shining, harmful UV light is still able to penetrate the clouds and harm your eyes. Even when the sun is hiding, remember to stay protected.
Have a spare pair of sunglasses. You never know when a mishap can happen causing your glasses to break or get lost. Having a second pair just in case will prevent you from being left without eye protection.
Keep hydrated. It’s important to keep your eyes hydrated. Drink a minimum of 2 liters of water each day to avoid dehydrated eyes and skin.
Stay inside during the heat of the day. Stay indoors as much as possible particularly between the hours of 11 am and 3 pm when the strength of the sun and ultraviolet radiation in the atmosphere are at a peak.
Consider polarized lenses. Polarized lenses minimize the reflection off of surfaces such as water. Perfect for water sports, beaching or driving, they provide more comfort during outdoor activities.
When participating in outdoor activities such as boating, sitting by a campfire or camping, make sure you wear proper eye protection to avoid injury.
Be careful not to apply sunscreen too close to the eyes as it can enter the eye and cause irritation.