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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.

Personal Message from Drs. McRoberts, Bowden & Davidson regarding COVID-19

Considering the evolving situation of COVID-19, we feel it is our responsibility to prioritize the health of our community members during this critical time and do what we can to minimize the opportunity for transmission. As a result, we have made the decision to close our physical clinic and provide only virtual appointments & emergency referrals until further notice.

For Squamish patients, please call 604-892-5055 during our regular business hours to consult.

For West Vancouver patients, please call 604-922- 0413 during our regular business hours to consult.

We are here if you need us!

**Please note – we will continue to be available for your glasses, contacts, eye drops, ocular supplements and any other product or prescription needs. Please call and we can arrange to have these shipped directly to your door at no charge.

Thank you for your support and understanding as we navigate these unprecedented times. We are hopeful that this will be a temporary measure, and will be monitoring the situation carefully. Please take care of yourselves & each other, and we hope to see you soon!


Drs. McRoberts, Bowden & Davidson