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Know How to Keep Your Eyes Safe This Summer

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

Here are some tips to safe in the sun:

  1. Make sure your glasses provide proper UV protection. If your glasses don’t guard against 100% of UV rays, they may be resulting in more damage than good.  Don’t worry, proper UV protection doesn’t have to cost more – many cheaper options provide complete UV protection.

  2. Choose sunglasses with more surface area. In the realm of UV defense, think big. Try to seek a pair with large lenses and wraparound frames.

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

  4. Sport sunglasses when it is cloudy. Even when you don’t feel the sun shining, harmful UV light is still able to peek through the clouds and do damage to your eyes. Don’t be deceived by a cloudy day.

  5. Have a spare pair. You never know when a mishap can happen causing your glasses to break or get lost. Better to be safe than sorry.

  6. Stay hydrated. It’s important to keep your eyes hydrated. Drink at least 2 liters of water each day to avoid dehydrated eyes and skin.

  7. Stay indoors during the middle of the day. Stay inside when possible particularly in the late morning and afternoon when the sun is at its most powerful and the highest levels of UV are in the atmosphere.

  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 activities such as boating, watching fireworks or camping, be sure to use proper eye protection to avoid eye injuries.

  10. Be careful with sunscreen. When applied too close to the eyes there is a chance it will enter the eye and cause discomfort.

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