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Now that summer has finally arrived it’s time to guard your eyes from the sun and other warm weather dangers.

Here are some tips to safe in the sun:

  1. Only wear sunglasses that block all UV rays. If your glasses don’t offer 100% UV protection to guard your eyes from harmful UV damage, they may be resulting in more damage than benefit.  Keep in mind that sufficient UV blockage doesn’t have to cost more – plenty of reasonably priced options give complete UV protection.

  2. Sport larger sunglasses. In the realm of UV defense, the bigger the better. Try to opt for sunglasses with wraparound frames and wide lenses.

  3. Wear a wide brimmed hat or visor. While glasses are a great first UV barrier, a large hat will provide the additional defense you need to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.

  4. Wear sunglasses when it’s not sunny. Even when the sun is behind the clouds, harmful UV light is still able to penetrate the clouds and do damage to your eyes. Even when you can’t see the sun, it’s important to stay protected.

  5. Invest in a proper sunglasses case. Your sunglasses are a good friend and should be treated accordingly. It’s worthwhile to keep them in a closed case to keep them free from scratches, breaks and dirt.

  6. Stay hydrated. It’s important to keep your eyes hydrated. Consume a minimum of 8 cups of water a day to avoid dehydrated eyes and skin.

  7. Stay inside during the middle of the day. Stay inside 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. Polarized lenses reduce the reflection off of surfaces such as water. Perfect for a day at the beach or pool, they provide more comfort during outdoor activities.

  9. During outdoor activities such as riding a motorcycle, sitting by a campfire or hiking, be sure to wear proper eye protection to avoid eye injuries.

  10. Be careful not to apply sunblock too close to the eyes as it can enter the eye and cause irritation.