Women in sunglasses protecting herself from harmful UV

July 28, 2014

Staying UV Safe This Summer

Barbecues, baseball games, days at the lake - summertime fun is in full swing. It's important to be mindful of UV exposure year round, but it's often the summer season when people most think about the damaging effects of excessive time in the sun.

In addition to your skin, excessive exposure to sunlight may cause certain cancers and other conditions that can threaten your eye area and vision. Being mindful of a few eye-shielding tips will aid in keeping you in good eye health this summer.

Check your shades.

  • Look for sunglasses that block 99-percent or more of UVA and UVB radiation. Wraparound styles of sunglasses are also a good choice to wear when you are out in the sun, helping to filter out as much visible light as possible.

Contact lens wearer?

  • Ensure your contact lenses incorporate UV-blocking materials. This helps filter out UV rays that may stray past hats or sunglasses.

Sport a hat.

  • Hats are a simple and effective way to shade your eyes and skin from the sun. Show your style in a broad-brimmed hat, and keep fashionably protected from solar distraction.

Watch the time.

  • The day's sunlight is most direct between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Staying mindful of your sun exposure during this time span can help you avoid high-risk UV exposure.

Don't forget the sunscreen.

  • Sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher should be applied to skin about a half hour prior to sun exposure or outdoor activities. Be sure to include your face and eyelids in sunscreen coverage as well!

Schedule an eye exam.

  • Visit your family optometrist to ensure your eyes are in good health. An annual exam takes a short amount of time and can provide you peace of mind in knowing you are covered in the detection of any conditions that may be threatening your vision.
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