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10 Ways to Care For Your Eyes This Summer

It’s officially summer and it’s time to keep your eyes protected from the risks of UV exposure and other summertime dangers.

Here are some pointers on keeping safe in the sun:

  1. Make sure your glasses have proper UV protection. If your glasses don’t guard against 100% of UV rays, they may be causing more harm than good.  Keep in mind that proper UV blockage doesn’t mean a higher price – plenty of reasonably priced options offer complete UV defense.

  2. Choose larger sunglasses. When choosing UV defense, the bigger the better. It’s advised to find glasses with wide lenses (which are fortunately in style) and wraparound frames.

  3. Wear a wide protective hat or visor. While sunglasses are a great first defense, a large hat will provide the extra defense you need to guard your eyes from the sun’s rays.

  4. Sport sunglasses when it is cloudy. Even when you don’t feel the sun shining, UV can still reach your eyes and do harm. Don’t let a cloudy day deceive you.

  5. Invest in a sturdy sunglasses case. Sunglasses can easily be scratched, broken or lost. It’s worthwhile to store them in a safe and protected case to keep them free from scratches, breaks and dirt.

  6. Drink enough. Consuming a minimum of 8 cups of water each day will not only keep you and your skin hydrated but it will ensure your eyes are hydrated as well.

  7. Stay away from the afternoon sun. Stay indoors when possible particularly in the late morning and afternoon when the strength of the sun and UV in the atmosphere are at a peak.

  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, watching fireworks or camping, be sure to safeguard your eyes as necessary to avoid injury.

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