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A Guide to Summer Eye Care

Now that summer has officially arrived it’s time to keep your eyes protected from summertime hazards.

Here are some tips to keep your eyes safe in the sun:

  1. Get sunglasses with 100% UV Protection – and wear them! If your sunglasses don’t protect against 100% of UV rays, they may be resulting in more damage than good.  Don’t worry, proper UV protection doesn’t have to cost more – a number of more affordable brands give full UV defense.

  2. Choose larger shades. When selecting sun protection, think big. When possible, choose a pair with wraparound frames and wide lenses.

  3. Wear a wide protective hat or visor. While sunglasses are a great first UV barrier, a large hat will provide the added defense you need to guard your eyes from UV.

  4. Wear sunglasses when it doesn’t seem sunny. Even on overcast days, UV can still reach your eyes and do damage. Even when you can’t see the sun, remember to stay protected.

  5. Keep an emergency pair of sunglasses. You never know when your glasses will get lost or broken. Better to be safe than sorry.

  6. Keep hydrated. In order to stay properly hydrated, consume at least 8 cups of water a day. This will keep your eyes moist also.

  7. Avoid the afternoon sun. Stay indoors when possible especially between the hours of 11 am and 3 pm when the power of the sun and ultraviolet radiation in the atmosphere are at a peak.

  8. Consider purchasing polarized lenses. Since they reduce glare from reflective surfaces, polarized lenses are great for water-based activities and driving.

  9. Wear swimming goggles to keep bacteria and chemicals in the water from entering your eyes. Make sure the goggles have UV protection UV resistant as well, since the sun’s rays reflect off water and can increase UV exposure.

  10. Be careful not to apply sunscreen too close to the eyes or eyelids as it can enter the eye and cause irritation.