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How to Protect Your Eyes from Sun Damage

May 3, 2023 | Eye Health Info

We all love soaking up the sun and basking in its warmth, but it’s important to remember that those rays can be harmful to our skin and eyes. While we’re careful to apply sunscreen on our skin, we often forget about protecting our eyes from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Here are some tips to help you keep your eyes safe and healthy in the sun:

Wear sunglasses

The best way to protect your eyes from sun damage is to wear sunglasses that block 100% of UV rays. When shopping for sunglasses, make sure to check the label to see if they block both UV-A and UV-B rays. It’s also important to consider the size and shape of the frames. Larger frames and wraparound styles can provide additional protection by blocking out more light from the sides.

Wear a hat

In addition to wearing sunglasses, wearing a wide-brimmed hat can also help protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays. A hat can provide additional shade for your eyes and face and can also help reduce glare.

Avoid direct sunlight

If possible, avoid direct sunlight during the peak hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., when the sun’s rays are the strongest. If you must be outside during these hours, try to seek out shade or wear a hat and sunglasses for added protection.

Protect your children’s eyes

Children’s eyes are even more susceptible to sun damage than adults’ eyes, so it’s important to protect them from an early age. Make sure your children wear sunglasses that block 100% of UV rays and consider a wide-brimmed hat for additional protection. Encourage your children to seek shade or take breaks indoors during the peak hours of sunlight.

Get regular eye exams

Regular eye exams are important for maintaining healthy eyes and detecting any issues early on. Talk to your eye doctor about what you can do to protect your eyes from the sun. Also, make sure to get a comprehensive eye exam every one to two years to catch eye problems before they become serious.

At Accent Vision Care, we care about your eye health and are here to help you protect your eyes from sun damage. We offer a variety of stylish and protective sunglasses to fit every style and personality, as well as comprehensive eye exams to monitor your eye health. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about how to keep your eyes safe in the sun.