Everyone protects their skin when going outside during the summer, but what about your eyes? Eye protection is just as important as skin protection during the summer!
Always wear proper eyewear when outside. Look for sunglasses that are labeled to take in 99 to 100 percent of UV light. Dark lenses do not guarantee UV protection. Sunglasses that wrap around are the best style because they don't allow any sun to hit your eyes.
Wear a hat. Hats add extra protection to sunglasses. The more eye protection the better.
Clouds do not block UV light. Sunlight and sun rays can pass through clouds. Sun damage can occur through out the year but the sun is stronger during the summer months, even when it's cloudy.
Wear sunglasses when spending a day at the beach or pool. Sunlight can be reflected off surfaces and this includes water. It is also a smart idea to wear sunglasses while in the water. Protect your eyes from the chemicals of a pool and bacteria that can be found in a lake. Try not to open your eyes under water as much as possible.
Don't forget about children! People of all ages should wear sunglasses and hats to protect their eyes. Eye protection is for everyone!
Some medications can make eyes sensitive to light. This is referred to as photosensitivity. Check your prescriptions to see if you should take extra precautions in the summer should your eyes be more sensitive to light.
The sun isn’t the only thing doing damage to your eyes in the summer time. Eye protection includes protecting your eyes while doing home projects, playing sports, shooting off fireworks, and working around plants and insects.
Summer is a wonderful time of the year but it would be miserable if you had sore eyes. Use extra eye protection to enjoy all that summer has to offer.
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