As summer settles in and the days grow longer, people become more aware of the sun and its dangers. Everyone knows to lather on sunscreen to protect your skin, but very few people think about what the sun is doing to their eyes. Ultraviolet light is very dangerous to eyes, and eye protection should always be top of mind. Remember also that UV rays not only come directly from the sun, but can also be reflected from bright surfaces on the ground like water, sand, and cement. For the greatest protection, use eyewear that absorbs 99-100% of UV rays and a hat with a wide brim to protect your eyes from all sides.
Eyewear is an important form of protection. Sunglasses and contacts lenses should absorb UV rays. There are several options like UV coatings, lens materials with UV-blocking, and photochromic lenses that help to block out these harmful rays. When choosing sunglasses, make sure to do your research and choose a pair that filter 99% or more of the UV rays. Over time, you will be protecting your eyes from general UV damage, and decrease your risk factors of cataracts, macular degeneration, or skin cancer around the eyelids.