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Know How to Keep Your Eyes Safe This Summer

It’s officially summer and it’s time to make sure you safeguard your eyes from the sun and other warm weather dangers.

Here are some pointers on remaining safe in the sun:

  1. Make sure your glasses offer 100% protection from UV rays. If your glasses don’t provide 100% UV protection to guard your eyes from harmful UV damage, they may be causing more damage than benefit.  Keep in mind that proper UV protection doesn’t necessarily cost more – many affordable brands give complete UV blockage.

  2. Choose sunglasses with more surface area. When it comes to sunglasses, the larger the better. Look for shades with large lenses (which are currently all the rage) and wraparound frames.

  3. Wear a wide brimmed hat or visor. A hat with a wide brim will deflect the sun before it gets to your eyes.

  4. Sport sunglasses on overcast days. Even when you don’t feel the sun shining, UV can still reach your eyes and do damage. Even when the sun is hiding, it’s important to keep protected.

  5. Have an emergency pair. You never know when a mishap can happen causing your glasses to break or get lost. Having a second pair just in case will prevent you from being stranded without proper eye protection.

  6. Drink enough. It’s important to keep your eyes hydrated. Drink a minimum of 2 liters of water each day to avoid dehydrated eyes and skin.

  7. Stay away from midday sun. Stay inside when possible particularly in the late morning and afternoon when the strength of the sun and ultraviolet radiation exposure are at a peak.

  8. Consider polarized lenses. Polarized lenses minimize the glare from reflective surfaces such as water. Perfect for water sports, beaching or driving, they provide more comfort during outdoor activities.

  9. When participating in outdoor sports or activities such as boating, sitting by a campfire or camping, make sure you safeguard your eyes as necessary to avoid injury.

  10. Make sure you don’t apply sunblock too close to the eyes or eyelids as it can enter the eye and burn.

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