July 31, 2020
Just as you have to shield your skin from sunburns, you also need to ensure that you protect your eyes as you spend time outdoors in the daylight. July is UV Safety Awareness Month. So, here are some tips on how to protect your eyes from UV light exposure.
Healthy exposure to sunlight can have positive effects, as long as you protect your eyes from UV damage. Here’s how you can avoid preventable harm to your eyesight during the day:
Invest in the right eyewear. While you may favor a pair of stylish summer shades, it would be best to find a pair of sunglasses with 100 percent UV protection labeled as UV400. You can also opt for wraparound frames that are great for sun protection as these can keep harmful rays penetrating your eyes from the side. To reduce glare, especially around water or any flat surfaces that can reflect a lot of light up towards you, use polarized lenses.
Wear wide-brimmed hats. In addition to wearing glasses with UV protection, wear a hat to protect your eyes further. Hats will give you better defense as these can keep rays from penetrating above and around your glasses. A wide-brimmed hat will provide the best sun protection as it can shade your eyes, face, ears, and neck.
Avoid peak hours. While it might be tempting to soak up the sun’s rays even during the middle of the day, especially when the ocean is calling you, time of day is actually when UV radiation is at its highest. If at all possible, restrict time from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Should you need to go out during these hours, always wear protective clothing, the right pair of sunglasses, and seek shade whenever you can.
Don’t be fooled by cloudy days. Clouds filter out sunlight but not the harmful UV light. Thinking that the clouds can protect you from radiation is a way to damage your eyes even without realizing it. You still have to practice safe eye care, even when it is cloudy outside. Also, it is possible to suffer from sunburn while sitting in the shade. Remember that UV rays scatter more strongly in the atmosphere than visible light. This means that they just bounce off the air, then to you. Even if you are in the shade, if you can see blue sky, then you are still getting scattered UV.
Never look at the sun directly. Even if the sun is about 93 million miles away, gazing at it can significantly damage your eyesight. You run the risk of potential eye damage even with quick, direct observation of the sun. The most common type of damage caused by solar radiation is retinopathy, which can lead to vision problems. Avoid looking at the sun at any time, including during an eclipse.
Your best defense against the harmful effects of UV light exposure is understanding how the sun’s rays can damage your eyes. This way, you can start practicing proper eye care, such as using sunscreen and wearing the right kind of protection. Do you need help in determining the efficacy of your sunglasses? Visit Family Vision Care Associates, today, in White Plains, New York. Call us now at 914-359-3300 for more information.