It’s time for fun in the sun. You probably wear sunscreen to protect your body from the harmful effects of sun exposure. Don’t forget to cover up your eyes.
The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can lead to eye cancer and cataracts. Your eyes can even be sunburned.
Here are a few ways to keep your eyes healthy this summer:
- Wear sunglasses that block at least 99% of UV-A and UV-B radiation
- Choose sunglasses with large or wraparound frames so there is a large area of protection around your eyes.
- Guard your eyes even in water. Rays reflected off the water can damage your eyes.
Remember that clouds don’t block UV rays, so wear sunglasses even on overcast days.
Nothing is unbreakable, but active people should use sunglasses with plastic frames rather than glass. Many sunglasses aimed at athletes are made of polycarbonate plastic – you should opt for those with a scratch-resistant coating.
Sunglasses not only look good, but they’re good for you. Click here to learn more about how to pick the right sunglasses for you.