Summer is about all about fun in the sun, long, lazy beach days and great sunglasses, but too much sun can be harmful to your eyes.
Exposing your eyes to high levels of ultraviolet (UV) light, damages sensitive cells in your eyes and can lead to short term conditions such as photo conjunctivitis and long term conditions such as cataracts, macular degeneration or growths on the eye. And those trendy summer sunglasses you bought online may look good for your outfit, but they’re doing very little to actually protect your eyes from UV light.
Here are five ways to protect your eyes this summer.
- Wear the right sunglasses. Buying the right pair of summer sunglasses should be seen as an investment to give our eyes the TLC they deserve and will make a world of difference in protecting your eyes from UV light. Choose a pair that offers 100% UV protection. You won’t have to compromise on style or damage control with our latest super cool BAKER sunglasses.
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2. It is a good idea to wear a hat in addition to your sunglasses. The sun’s rays are sneaky and will still be able to get to places around your eye that aren’t covered by your sunglasses. Your delicate eyelids will bear the full force of the sun’s harmful UV radiation, so wear a wide brim hat to make sure your eyes are fully protected from UV light. And a little sunscreen around your eye area won’t hurt either.
3. Avoid peak sunshine hours. If at all possible, avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 4 pm to protect yourself from the most aggressive and intense UV rays. If you do go out during this time, wear your sunglasses, hat and sunscreen.
4. Protect your eyes even on cloudy days. Just because you can’t see the sun’s rays, doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Treat cloudy days like full sunshine days this summer to protect your eyes from UV light.
- Wear goggles in the pool. There is nothing more refreshing than a dip in a sparkling blue pool on a hot summer’s day. The problem is that the chemicals used to keep the pool crystal clear, will wreak havoc on your eyes so getting a pair of goggles for swimming is essential. Frequent exposure to chlorine can lead to long term eye damage as it negatively affects your cornea epihtelium. This is a thin layer which protects your eye from irritants and pathogens. But if this layer is compromised through harsh chemical exposure, you will have an increased chance of corneal abrasion or eye injuries.