It's officially summer and it's time to make sure you safeguard your eyes from the risks of UV exposure and other summertime dangers. Here are some pointers on remaining safe in the sun:
1. Buy sunglasses that block 100% of UV - and try to wear them every time you go outside. If your shades don't offer 100% UV protection to protect your eyes from harmful UV damage, they may be resulting in more damage than good. It's important to consider that sufficient UV protection doesn't mean a higher price - many affordable brands provide full UV protection.
2. Opt for shades that provide more surface area. When selecting sun protection, think big. Make sure to choose sunglasses with wraparound frames and wide lenses.
3. Wear a large brimmed hat or visor.A hat with a wide brim will block the sun before it reaches your eyes.
4. Sport sunglasses when it's not sunny.Even when you don't feel the sun shinning, harmful UV light is still able to peek through the clouds and harm your eyes. Don't be fooled by a cloudy day.
5. Have a second pair of sunglasses.You never know when your glasses will get lost or broken. Having an emergency pair will keep you from being left without proper eye protection.
6. Drink enough. It's important to keep your eyes hydrated. Consume at least 2 liters of water each day to prevent dehydrated eyes and skin.
7. Avoid midday sun. Stay inside as much as possible particularly 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 purchasing polarized lenses. Polarized lenses reduce the glare from reflective surfaces such as water. Perfect for a day at the beach or pool, they provide more comfort during outdoor activities.
9. During outdoor activities such as riding a motorcycle, watching fireworks or hiking, be sure to protect your eyes as necessary to avoid injury.
10. Apply sunscreen carefully. If applied too close to the eyes there is a chance it will enter the eye and cause discomfort.