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10 Steps to Summer Eye Care

It’s official - summer is here and it’s time to make sure you keep your eyes protected from summertime hazards.

Here are some tips to remain safe in the sun:

  1. Only wear sunglasses that have proper protection from UV rays. If your shades don’t protect against 100% of UV rays, they may be causing more damage than benefit.  Keep in mind that 100% UV protection doesn’t mean a higher price – many affordable products give complete UV defense.

  2. Choose sunglasses with full coverage. When it comes to sun protection, the larger the better. Try to opt for shades with broad lenses (which are currently in style) and wraparound frames.

  3. Wear a large protective hat. While sunglasses are a good first step, a wide brimmed hat will give you the additional defense you need to shade your eyes from the sun’s rays.

  4. Sport sunglasses on overcast days. Even on overcast days, UV can still reach your eyes and cause harm. Don’t let a cloudy day deceive you.

  5. Keep sunglasses protected. Your sunglasses are a good friend and should be treated accordingly. It’s worth it to invest in a safe and protected case to minimize mishaps.

  6. Drink enough. It’s important to keep your eyes hydrated. Consume at least 8 cups of water a day to prevent dehydrated eyes and skin.

  7. Stay inside during the middle of the day. Stay inside when possible especially between the hours of 11 am and 3 pm when the sun is at its most powerful and the highest levels of UV are in the air.

  8. Consider purchasing 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 boating, watching fireworks or hiking, make sure you wear proper eye protection to avoid injury.

  10. Be careful with sunscreen. When applied too close to the eyes it can enter the eye and cause irritation and burning.