The sun’s out for good (hopefully) and we’re feeling fine. There’s nothing like the hot days of summer to get us out and in the mood for all things outdoors: we’re working on the garden, getting ready for neighborhood barbeques, and taking the dog for walks more regularly. But even though we love the sun, we also know to be wary of it. Too much of a good thing–is definitely not a good thing when it comes to the sun. Keep reading for the best ways to keep your eyes safe while you’re out enjoying the sunny weather this summer!
The first step to great eye protection is getting in the habit of reaching for sunglasses when you’re heading camping, to the beach, or even just outside to watch your child’s soccer game. These sunglasses should be high-quality and labeled “100% UV Protection.” A lot of cheaper sunglasses are not actually able to keep out most UV light so don’t skimp on quality. If you’re not sure they’ll protect your eyes, don’t buy them.
Wear A Hat
Having extra eye protection from a hat will make sure all angles are covered. A good wide-brimmed hat or baseball hat can keep UV rays from slipping in from above. Make sure to wear sunglasses with your hat to make sure you’re keeping your eyes safe.
Know When You’re At Risk
The sun’s damaging UV rays can still affect you on a cloudy day. Don’t put your eyes at risk by forgoing eye-protection on a cloudy day. Also, remember that sunlight is reflected off of water. If you’re out fishing at a lake or river, make sure to pack your sunglasses along with your bait and tackle. Also, if you take any trips to colder climates, remember that snow reflects light even more intensely than water. If you’re headed to see some snow, pack some certified eye protection.
Interested in learning more about keeping your eyes healthy, or looking for a consultation to see if your eyes are already affected by too much exposure to UV radiation? Give us a call at 818-990-3623 or 818-346-8118 and we can help you get an appointment set up.