Summer is now in full swing and this is, of course, great news for the sun-worshippers among us because it’s looking as though it’s going to be a great summer for sunshine. Whilst this is undoubtedly good news for you, it might not be such good news for your eyes, which are highly susceptible to sun damage if you don’t properly look after them when out enjoying the sun.
There is obviously a lot of enjoyment to be had from a sunny day, whether this is a road trip with mates or a craft ale filled barbecue but regardless of how you plan to make the most of the sunshine this summer, you should always make sure that your eyes are properly protected from the potentially damaging effects of the sun.
Let’s take a look at some of things you should be doing to make your eyes happy this summer:
1: Wear 100% UV Protection Sunglasses
Sunglasses are going to be your chief ally when it comes to protecting your eyes from harmful sun rays this summer and you should ensure that you find a pair that has 100% UV protection because, without this, there is potential for your eyes still to be damaged even whilst wearing your sunglasses. All the leading purveyors of sunglasses such as Ray-Ban will offer options with 100% UV protection and it is this variety you should be seeking out if you’re serious about protecting your eyes this summer.
2: Be Weather Wary
No, we’re not saying that you need to be unduly concerned about tornadoes or hurricanes this summer, merely that you should be wary of the fact that your eyes can still be damaged by the sun if it’s cloudy. Not everyone realises that clouds do little to block the harmful UV rays that the sun emits and that you can still do damage to your eyes even on cloudy, overcast days.
3: Sunscreen is a Must
Ever fallen asleep in the sun and woken up with incredibly sore eyelids? Yep, us too. Everyone has done it. But it’s important that when you’re applying your sunscreen this summer that you remember to cover your eyelids as well because the skin around your eyes is extremely sensitive to damage from the sun’s rays and you have to make sure that you’re giving it all the protection it requires. Apply regularly to the area and remember that the sun is at its hottest around mid-day to early afternoon so you should try and avoid prolonged periods in the sun at this time.
The summer is a great time of year and one to be thoroughly enjoyed but this doesn’t mean you should not properly protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays so by following the simple tips above, you can enjoy the sunshine this summer without worrying about the damaging effects it might be having. If you’re experiencing eye problems this summer, such as dry eyes, treatments such as LipiFlow from Barnard Levit will certainly help tackle this and make sure you’re ready to enjoy the summer sunshine to the maximum.