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10 Quick Tips for Summer Eye Care

Now that the summertime is here it’s time to keep your eyes protected from the risks of UV exposure and other summertime dangers.

Here are some tips to keep your precious eyes safe in the sun:

  1. Purchase sunglasses that block 100% of UV – and try to wear them every time you go outside. If your sunglasses don’t provide 100% UV protection to guard your eyes from harmful UV damage, they may be resulting in more damage than good.  It’s important to consider that proper UV blockage doesn’t have to cost more – plenty of reasonably priced options provide full UV defense.
  2. Wear shades that provide complete coverage. In the realm of shades, think big. It’s advised to find shades with wraparound frames and wide lenses.
  3. Wear a large protective hat. A hat with a wide brim will block the sun before it gets to your eyes.
  4. Sport sunglasses on overcast days. Even on cloudy days, UV can still reach your eyes and cause harm. Don’t let grey skies deceive you.
  5. Keep sunglasses safe. Your sunglasses are a precious commodity and should be treated accordingly. It’s worthwhile to keep them in a safe and protected place to keep them free from scratches, breaks and dirt.
  6. Drink enough. In order to ensure that you are properly hydrated, consume a minimum of 8 cups of water a day. This will keep your eyes moist as well.
  7. Stay inside during the middle of the day. Stay indoors as much as possible especially 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 riding a motorcycle, sitting by a campfire or camping, make sure you use proper eye protection to avoid injury.
  10. Make sure you don’t apply sunscreen too close to the eyes as it can enter the eye and cause irritation.