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10 Ways to Guard Your Eyes This Summer

Now that the summertime has officially arrived it’s time to ensure you defend your eyes from the sun and other warm weather dangers.

Here are some pointers on keeping safe in the sun:

  1. Only wear sunglasses that have 100% protection from UV rays. If your shades don’t provide 100% UV protection to protect your eyes from the dangers of UV exposure, they may be causing more damage than good.  Don’t worry, sufficient UV protection doesn’t mean a higher price – many cheaper products give complete UV defense.

  2. Wear shades that provide more coverage. When it comes to sunglasses, think big. It’s advised to find shades with wraparound frames and wide lenses.

  3. Wear a broad sun hat. A hat with a wide brim will add an extra layer of defense before the sun reaches your eyes.

  4. Sport sunglasses when the sun is hidden. Even when the sun is behind the clouds, harmful UV light is still able to penetrate the clouds and harm your eyes. Even when the sun is hiding, remember to stay protected.

  5. Invest in a proper sunglasses case. Your sunglasses are a precious commodity and should be treated accordingly. It’s worth it to invest in a closed case to keep them free from scratches, breaks and dirt.

  6. Keep hydrated. In order to ensure that you are hydrated, consume at least 2 liters of water a day. Doing so will keep your eyes hydrated also.

  7. Stay indoors during the heat of the day. Stay indoors as much as 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 air.

  8. Consider purchasing polarized lenses. Since they reduce glare from reflective surfaces, polarized lenses are great for water-based activities and driving.

  9. Wear swimming goggles to keep bacteria and chemicals in the water from entering your eyes. Because sunlight reflects off water you can get a double exposure to UV so get goggles that offer UV protection as well.

  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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