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Safeguarding Your Eyes This Summer

Now that the summertime has officially arrived it’s time to keep your eyes protected from the sun and other warm weather dangers.

Here are some pointers on keeping safe in the sun:

  1. Buy sunglasses with 100% UV Protection – and wear them! If your glasses don’t guard against 100% of UV rays, they may be resulting in more harm than benefit.  Don’t worry, proper UV blockage doesn’t have to cost more – many cheaper products offer full UV defense.
  2. Choose larger shades. In the realm of shades, think big. Make sure to seek a pair with large lenses and wraparound frames.
  3. Wear a large brimmed hat. While sunglasses are a great first defense, a large hat will provide the additional defense you need to guard your eyes from harmful UV rays.
  4. Sport sunglasses when it is cloudy. Even on cloudy days, UV can still reach your eyes and do harm. Don’t let the clouds fool you.
  5. Invest in a sturdy sunglasses case. Sunglasses can easily be scratched, broken or lost. It’s worthwhile to store them in a closed case to minimize mishaps.
  6. Drink enough. It’s important to keep your eyes hydrated. Drink a minimum of 8 cups of water each day to avoid dehydrated eyes and skin.
  7. Avoid the afternoon sun. Stay inside when possible especially in the late morning and afternoon when the power of the sun and UV exposure are at a peak.
  8. Consider purchasing polarized lenses. Polarized lenses reduce the glare from reflective surfaces such as water. Perfect for water sports, beaching or driving, they provide more comfort during outdoor activities.
  9. Wear goggles when swimming to guard your eyes from bacteria in the water or chemicals. Because the sun’s rays reflect off water you can increase exposure to UV so get goggles that block UV as well.
  10. Be careful not to apply sunblock too close to the eyes as it can enter the eye and cause irritation.

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