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10 Steps to Healthy Eyes This Summer

Now that summer is here it’s time to guard your eyes from summertime hazards.

Here are some pointers on keeping safe in the sun:

  1. Only wear sunglasses that have proper protection from UV rays. If your shades don’t have 100% UV protection to guard your eyes from harmful UV damage, they may be resulting in more damage than benefit.  Be aware that sufficient UV blockage doesn’t necessarily cost more – many reasonably priced brands offer complete UV defense.
  2. Sport larger shades. When choosing UV defense, think big. Make sure to opt for sunglasses with wraparound frames and wide lenses.
  3. Wear a large sun hat or visor. A wide brimmed hat will deflect the sun before it gets to your eyes.
  4. Wear sunglasses on overcast days. Even on cloudy days, UV can still reach your eyes and cause damage. Don’t let a cloudy day fool you.
  5. Have an emergency pair of sunglasses. You never know when that big wave is going to come and wash your shades right off your head. Better to be safe than sorry.
  6. Stay hydrated. Consuming at least 8 cups of water each day will not only prevent dehydration and dry skin but it will keep your eyes moist and hydrated as well.
  7. Stay inside during the heat of the day. Stay inside as much as possible especially between the hours of 11 am and 3 pm when the strength of the sun and UV in the atmosphere are at a peak.
  8. Consider polarized lenses. Since they reduce glare from reflective surfaces, polarized lenses are great for water-based activities and driving.
  9. When participating in outdoor sports or activities such as boating, sitting by a campfire or hiking, be sure to wear proper eye protection to avoid injury.
  10. Apply sunscreen carefully. When applied too close to the eyes there is a chance it will enter the eye and cause irritation and burning.