As you rub sunscreen on to protect your skin this summer, don’t forget to protect your eyes as well. Summertime means more time spent outdoors, and studies show that exposure to bright sunlight may increase the risk of developing cataracts, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and growths on the eye, including cancer. For more on this, why not read our “Public Ignorance to UV Damage” blog post.
1. Don’t focus on color or darkness of your sunglass lenses
Select sunglasses that block UV rays. Don’t be deceived by color or cost. The ability to block UV light is not dependent on the price tag or how dark the sunglass lenses are.
2. Check for 100 percent UV protection
Make sure your sunglasses block 100 percent of UV-A rays and UV-B rays. Beware of cheap imitation sunglasses as these may not guarantee you 100% UV protection.
3. Choose wrap-around styles
Ideally, your sunglasses should wrap all the way around to your temples, so the sun’s rays can’t enter from the side.
4. Wear a hat
In addition to your sunglasses, wear a broad-brimmed hat to protect your eyes.
5. Don’t rely on contact lenses
Even if you wear contact lenses with UV protection, remember your sunglasses.
6. Don’t be fooled by clouds
The sun’s rays can pass through haze and thin clouds. Sun damage to eyes can occur anytime during the year, not just in the summertime.
7. Protect your eyes during peak sun times
Sunglasses should be worn whenever outside, and it’s especially important to wear sunglasses in the early afternoon and at higher altitudes, where UV light is more intense.
8. Never look directly at the sun
Looking directly at the sun at any time, including during an eclipse, can lead to solar retinopathy, damage to the eye’s retina from solar radiation.
9. Don’t forget the kids
Everyone is at risk, including children. Protect their eyes with hats and sunglasses. In addition, try to keep children out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun’s UV rays are the strongest.
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