It’s officially summer and it’s time to keep your eyes protected from the sun and other warm weather dangers.

Here are some tips to stay safe in the sun:

  1. Only wear sunglasses that offer proper protection from UV rays. If your shades don’t offer 100% UV protection to guard your eyes from the dangers of UV exposure, they may be causing more harm than good.} Not to fear, sufficient UV protection doesn’t mean a higher price – many affordable brands offer complete UV protection.
  2. Sport shades with more surface area. In the realm of sun protection, the bigger the better. When possible, select shades with wide lenses (which are fortunately in fashion) and wraparound frames.
  3. Wear a large sun hat or visor.

    While shades are a great first UV barrier, a wide brimmed hat will give you the extra defense you need to protect your eyes from UV.

  4. Wear sunglasses on overcast days.
    Even when you don’t feel the sun shining, UV can still reach your eyes and cause harm. Even when the sun is hiding, remember to keep protected.
  5. Have an emergency pair.
    You never know when a mishap can happen causing your glasses to break or get lost. Better to be safe than sorry.
  6. Drink a lot of water. Consuming at least 8 cups of water a day will not only prevent dehydration and dry skin but it will keep your eyes moist and hydrated as well.
  7. Stay indoors during the heat of the day. Stay inside when possible especially between the hours of 11 am and 3 pm when the strength of the sun and UV exposure are at a peak.
  8. Consider polarized lenses. Polarized lenses minimize the reflection off of surfaces such as water. Perfect for water sports, beaching or driving, they provide more comfort during outdoor activities.
  9. Use swimming goggles to keep bacteria and chemicals in the water from entering your eyes. Because sunlight reflects off water you can increase exposure to UV so get goggles that block UV as well.
  10. Apply sunscreen carefully. When applied too close to the eyes there is a chance it will enter the eye and cause discomfort.