Hot summer months and outdoor activities are a favorite treat, but one that can take a toll on our eyes. Follow these eye care tips and have an eye-healthy summer in the sun!
Top it off!
Don’t forget to top off your summer look with a wide brimmed hat. Your outfit will be complete and you will add another barrier between you and the sun’s UV rays.
Large and oversized sunglasses are not only stylish, but they also provide your eyes with more protection. Look for sunglasses with wraparound frames and wide lenses that provide 100% UV protection.
Protection on a budget
One of the best things you can do for your eyes every day is to wear sunglasses that block 100% of UV rays. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you will be paying more or that you have to sacrifice style – there are a number of brands on the market that offer full UV protection across the price and style spectrums.
Polarized lenses reduce the intensity of the reflection off of surfaces such as water, cars, and cement. Sunglasses with polarized lenses are a good choice when you spend time at the pool or beach, playing water sports, or driving. Some swim goggles also come with polarized lenses – a great idea for those who spend a lot of time in the water.
Under the sea
Protect your eyes from swimming pool chemicals or from bacteria in rivers, lakes, and oceans.
- If you wear contact lenses, be sure to remove them before going into the water. Contact lenses can trap bacteria and microorganisms in your eye and cause infections.
- Wear swim goggles to keep chemicals and bacteria from getting in your eyes. Make sure your goggles have UV protection; the sunlight that reflects off water and can increase your UV exposure.
What time is it?
The peak sun times are typically between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. That is when the sun’s UV rays are the strongest. Wear your sunglasses or, if possible, avoid being out in the sun during these times.