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A Guide to Summer Eye Care


Now that summer is here it’s time to defend your eyes from the risks of UV exposure and other summertime dangers.

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

  1. Get sunglasses that block 100% of UV – and try to wear them every time you go outside. If your glasses don’t provide 100% UV protection to protect your eyes from the dangers of UV exposure, they may be causing more harm than good.  Keep in mind that 100% UV blockage doesn’t mean a higher price – many cheaper brands give full UV defense.

  2. Choose shades that provide more surface area. In the realm of sunglasses, think big. Try to choose glasses with large lenses and wraparound frames.

  3. Wear a wide protective hat or visor. While shades are a good first UV barrier, a wide brimmed hat will give you the extra protection you need to shade your eyes from the sun’s rays.

  4. Sport sunglasses on cloudy days. Even when you don’t feel the sun shining, UV rays are still able to peek through the clouds and do damage to your eyes. Even when the sun is hiding, it’s important to stay protected.

  5. Keep sunglasses safe. Your sunglasses are a precious commodity and should be treated accordingly. It’s worth it to keep them in a safe and protected case to reduce the chances of mishaps.

  6. Drink a lot of water. In order to remain hydrated, drink at least 8 cups of water each day. This will keep your skin and eyes hydrated as well.

  7. Stay inside during the middle of the day. Stay indoors as much as possible especially 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.

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

  9. During outdoor sports or activities such as riding a motorcycle, sitting by a campfire or camping, be sure to protect your eyes as necessary to avoid eye injuries.

  10. Be careful with sunscreen. If applied near the eyes it can enter the eye and cause discomfort.