Sun Protection Before the Summer Hits

As summer approaches, you need to be more vigilant in keeping your eyes safe from the sun. Summers are getting hotter and brighter. If you don’t protect your eyes now, you will be susceptible to developing eye disorders like cataracts or tumors. Before you spend hours outdoors in the coming summer, you should start shielding your eyes from UV rays. Eye experts recommend making eye protection a habit. Here are some helpful tips on how to protect your eyes before summer gets here.


Pick the Right Sunglasses

Research shows that fashion usually dictates your choice of sunglasses. If this is the case, this is the right time to elevate your fashion statement. Choose trendy sunglasses with UV protection. Inspect the pair of sunglasses and see to it that the pair you get is labeled 100 percent UV protection or UV400. You can also opt for wraparound sunglasses. This way, you can express your sense of style while keeping your eyes safe from sun damage.


Wear the Right Headwear

Eye experts recommend wearing wide-brimmed sun hats when you wear your sunglasses. The shade created by the hat ensures eye protection from the top and from the sides. You can also wear a light scarf around your head and face before you wear your wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses. This helps block the sun’s rays that bounce off the ground and other reflective surfaces.


Only Go Out When the Sun Is Weak

Although you’re preparing to spend a lot of time outdoors in the summer, eye doctors recommend doing so when the sun is weak. The sun is at its most intense from midday to early afternoon hours. If you do have to go out during these hours, it is best to wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses with complete UV protection.


Wear Eye Protection Even If It’s Cloudy

Significant studies demonstrate that clouds do not filter sunlight. Ultraviolet rays still pass through clouds and haze. It is best to wear proper eye protection even during cloudy days.


Choose Contact Lenses With UV Protection

Talk to your eye doctor about contacts that have UV protection. Wearing these lenses enhance the eye protection you get from your sunglasses. You can start wearing these contact lenses before, during, and after summer.


Educate the Children

Kids love summer because they get to play and hang out outdoors with their friends. Eye doctors encourage their younger clients to wear the right sunglasses when they spend time outside. This is an ideal way to prevent eye damage and disorders at a young age. When your kid doesn’t step out without wearing sunglasses, you know you’ve helped your child start a good eye care habit.


Proper eye protection even before summer starts is important to keep your eyes safe and healthy. Here at the Eye Care Center, we make sure your eyes are in optimal condition, whether it’s summer or not. Please visit our offices in Minnesota, for a one-on-one consultation. You can also call us at 763-308-8440 (Fridley), 651-777-3555 (Maplewood), or 763-420-6981 (Maple Grove). That way, you can schedule an appointment or ask us any questions about eye protection.

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