You know you’re not supposed to look directly at the sun because it’s bad for your eyes. Just avoiding looking at the sun isn’t enough to safeguard those precious organs, though. While soaking up the sun, you may not realize the damage you can cause your eyes if you don’t protect them properly. Here are some ways to keep your eyes safe while you have fun in the sun this summer.
The most obvious solution is sunglasses. Don’t ever leave for a day in the sun without your sunglasses. When purchasing sunglasses, don’t worry about what color they are and just be sure they are labeled with 100% UV protection so that they’ll protect your precious eyes from dangerous rays. The safest styles are ones that cover all the way around your temples and fully cover your eye socket to prevent sunlight from sneaking in through the sides. Plus the more light they block, the less you’ll feel the need to squint which will help prevent those pesky crow’s feet.
During peak UV times, when the sun is the brightest and hottest is when your eyes are at the most risk. So if you’re planning a full day outside, consider taking a break around noon and head inside. At higher altitudes the rays are also more dangerous so anytime you’re planning a mountain getaway, make sure you have appropriate sunglasses. Increase your eyes’ protection by wearing a hat whenever possible to stop the light from getting to your eyes at all. Plus a hat will help keep the sun off your face and shoulders, which are often the most burned areas after a day in the sun.
Even on those cloudy days, your sunglasses are a must if you’re spending time outside. It may feel light sunlight isn’t making it through the gloom, but it is and so are those dangerous UV rays. Just like you must always wear sunscreen, follow that same rule for your sunglasses.
The healthier your eyes are in the first place, the better protected they’ll be. Health begins from the inside out so eat foods rich in vitamin A, lutein, and omega-3 fatty acids to boost your eye health. Foods to keep around for these purposes are spinach, kale, salmon and other fish, flaxseeds or oil, carrots, and collard and mustard greens. Regular exercise and a good diet are the cure to most problems.
Another way to help reduce eye irritation even more during those summer months is using single-use contact lenses. Since you replace them daily, you don’t risk putting any leftover allergens or irritants onto your eyes. Look for one day Acuvue moist from GetLenses or similar companies. If you wear lenses that block UV rays, you’ll still need your sunglasses for extra protection.
Despite popular belief these days, sunlight is good for us and provides very important nutrients. When done in moderation and with proper protection, a day in the sun has many benefits for your body. Just be sure to counter those negative effects with the right tools. Happy summer!