We all understand the importance of protecting our skin from the sun: The sun’s UV rays can cause us to burn, and can ultimately cause skin cancer. Because of this, we all wear hats, slather on sunscreen, and try to avoid the sun during the peak hours of the day. But, we don’t often think about the damaging rays and how they are affecting our eyes. In today’s blog post, we’re going to discuss how to avoid sun damage to your eyes so that you can keep them healthy for many years.
1. Avoid Sun Damage to Eyes: Wear the Right Sunglasses and a Hat
Sunglasses don’t do much for you if they’re not the right kind. It’s easy to just pick up cheap sunglasses from a gas station or department store – but they need to have the right kind of protection in order to truly protect your eyes from sun damage. Look for sunglasses labeled with “UV400,” or ones that provide 100% UV protection. Just because your sunglasses are super dark doesn’t mean they block out damaging UV rays. In fact, it’s important to wear sunglasses even on cloudy days, because UV rays go through clouds. Wearing sunglasses helps protect your eyes, but wearing a hat adds an extra layer of protection. They shade your eyes from different angles that sunglasses don’t, meaning you’ll be more protected while outdoors.
2. Avoid Damaging UV Rays: Be Careful While Driving
Driving in the car without proper sunglasses can cause the most damage. Not all car windows block UV rays. The side windows are even less likely to provide protection. Many people get sunburned while driving – their eyes are also being damaged by the sun. Be sure to wear proper UV-blocking sunglasses when you drive and your eyes are exposed to the sun. This is the best way to avoid sun damage to eyes.
3. Check Your Susceptibility to UV Rays: Check Your Medication3.
Many medications make our eyes more susceptible to the sun’s rays. Certain antibiotics, birth control, and others, contain substances that make our eyes more vulnerable to damaging UV rays. Check the labels of your medication, and speak with a doctor to learn if your eyes could be in more danger. Take the proper steps to avoid being out in the sun, or make sure you have the right sunglasses and/or hat to protect your eyes from the sun.