When you head outside to spend a day in the sun, you likely protect your skin with sunscreen. But, what about your eyes? Even if you put on a pair of shades, you may not be doing enough to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Learn how to stay sun safe this summer:
Look for polarized sunglasses.
When you head to the optometrist for a new pair of sunglasses, make sure you choose ones that aren’t just stylish, but that block 100% of UV rays. Beyond Vision’s optometrists and opticians can help you find the perfect pair.
Contrary to popular belief, the level of UV protection has nothing to do with the shade, darkness and opacity of the sunglass lenses.
To add an extra level of protection, consider wearing a wide-brimmed hat to further reduce the level of UV rays that reach your eyes.
Sunglasses still matter in the winter.
Have you ever looked at the vast expanse of snow and felt eye pain at the sheer brightness? Fresh, white snow can actually reflect the majority of UV rays, nearly doubling your UV exposure. Talk to your Beyond Vision optometrist or optician to find the right pair of sunglasses or sport goggles for your winter activities.
Eye colour doesn’t matter.
It may be true that fair-skinned individuals are at greater risk of sunburn, UV damage and skin cancer, but eye colour doesn’t discriminate. Dark coloured eyes pose the same risk of UV damage as light ones.
Kids need sun protection, too.
Damage from UV rays to our eyes is cumulative, so it’s important to keep your eyes safe from a young age. Teaching your kids about sun safety can be made easy with a cool pair of children’s shades with 100% UV protection. We also offer custom infant sunglasses to keep your little ones’ eyes safe.
For more information about protecting your eyes from the sun or to schedule an eye exam in Edmonton or Leduc, click here