Five Tips to Protect Your Eyes this Summer

School’s out, the weather’s hot, and you’re ready to hit the pool. As you race out the door, you run back for your sunscreen but what else did you forget? Studies show that exposure to bright sunlight not only increases the risk of skin cancer but may also increase the risk of developing cataracts, macular degeneration, and cancerous growths on the eye.

Lower your risk for potentially blinding eye diseases and enjoy summer safely by embracing the following five recommended tips:

  1. Sunglasses: Spend the extra cash buying sunglasses labeled “100% UV protection” rather than dealing with vision problems later. Know that UV-blocking contact lenses do not block 100% of the harmful UV rays.
  2. Hats: Not only do broad-brimmed hats protect your skin and your scalp, but also your eyes. These hats are a returning fashion icon but if they’re not your style, try a baseball cap.
  3. Kids Safety: When school’s out and the weather’s nice, it’s nearly impossible to keep your children from playing outside in the middle of the day. Rather than locking the doors, provide them with sunscreen, sunglasses and hats.
  4. Cloudy Days: Remember your hats and sunglasses even on the cloudiest of days. Some studies show the sun’s rays are enhanced when passing through the haze and damage to the eyes can occur at any time of the year.
  5. Be Aware: Knowledge is power and knowing the sunlight is strongest from mid-day to early afternoon is an important note. Also take note of the enhanced sunrays of higher altitudes as well as reflections off water.

Protect your vision by embracing these easy tips. Enjoying the summer sun safely opens the door to a lifetime of fun.