Now that it’s the summer season, you can truly feel the scorching heat when you decide to leave your house. With that said, your exposure to harmful UV rays is doubled, which could lead to medical complications such as sunburn, and even eye complications such as cataracts or macular degeneration.
In today’s post, AAPECS Atlantic Eyecare, your trusted eye care center, shares some tips and tips to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.
1. Wear 100% UV-Resistant Sunglasses. Before heading out, make sure that you have a pair of UV-resistant sunglasses. If not, then this is the perfect time to get one. When looking for UV-resistant sunglasses, check out if they protect your eyes from both UV-A and UV-B rays. Find out if they’re labeled as “UV400” or feature 100% UV protection. Wraparound sunglasses are also a great alternative since they don’t let light pass through the sides of your eyes, granting all-around protection.
2. Wear a Cap or Hat. Aside from wearing sunglasses, wearing a cap or hat gives you additional protection against harmful UV light blocking your eyes from direct contact with the sun. You can also opt to use visors or wide-brim hats for additional coverage.
3. Be Mindful of The Time of Day. Your eye doctor will recommend staying in your house during lunch time until mid-afternoon. Keep in mind that UV radiation is stronger when bounced off water, snow and in higher altitudes.
4. Clouds Don’t Block UV Light. Even if clouds and haze appear to be thick, this doesn’t help prevent UV light from passing through them.
5. Keep Your Kids Safe. During the summer season, kids love to play outside. This is still allowed, but let them out past noon, and have them wear protective accessories like sunglasses and caps before they go out.
Do you need accurate and comprehensive eye exams from a local optometrist? Trust in AAPECS Atlantic Eyecare! Our passion is preserving and protecting your vision. Call us at (757) 340-7070 or fill out our contact form to request an appointment. We serve Virginia Beach as well as the rest of VA.