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10 Steps to Healthy Eyes This Summer

Now that the summertime has officially arrived it’s time to keep your eyes protected from the risks of UV exposure and other summertime dangers.

Here are some pointers on staying safe in the sun:

  1. Make sure your glasses provide proper protection from UV rays. If your shades don’t protect against 100% of UV rays, they may be resulting in more harm than good.  Be aware that sufficient UV blockage doesn’t have to cost more – many reasonably priced brands offer full UV blockage.

  2. Wear larger shades. When it comes to shades, the larger the better. It’s advised to find shades with wraparound frames and wide lenses.

  3. Wear a large brimmed hat or visor. While shades are a good first UV barrier, a wide brimmed hat will provide the extra protection you need to guard your eyes from harmful UV rays.

  4. Sport sunglasses when it’s not sunny. Even when the sun doesn’t seem to be shining, UV rays are still able to penetrate the clouds and do damage to your eyes. Even when the sun is hiding, it’s important to keep protected.

  5. Keep a second pair on hand. You never know when that big wave is going to come and wash those glasses right off your head. Having a second pair just in case will keep you from being stranded without proper eye protection.

  6. Stay hydrated. Drinking at least 8 cups of water a day will not only prevent dehydration and dry skin but it will keep your eyes moist and hydrated as well.

  7. Stay away from midday sun. Stay inside when possible particularly in the late morning and afternoon when the sun is at its strongest and the highest levels of UV are in the atmosphere.

  8. Consider purchasing polarized lenses. Since they reduce glare from reflective surfaces, polarized lenses are great for water-based activities and driving.

  9. Use swimming goggles to keep bacteria and swimming pool chemicals from entering your eyes. Make sure the goggles are UV resistant as well, since the sun’s rays reflect off water and can double UV exposure.

  10. Be careful with sunscreen. If applied near the eyes there is a chance it will enter the eye and cause discomfort.

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Superstition Springs Mall

Camelback Colonnade

Arrowhead Towne Center