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You’ve packed the cooler with plenty of water, slathered on the sunscreen, and remembered your beach umbrella.  You’re ready for some fun in the sun, right? Wait, there’s one more thing. Sunglasses.

Why Sunglasses? sunglasses eye protection

While most of us take steps to protect our skin from the punishing rays of the sun, we often forget about one of our most critical body parts: our eyes. UV-A and UV-B rays can be damaging to the delicate tissues of the cornea and lenses of the eye. Your cornea can actually be burned by light reflected off the water. In winter, this would be called “snow blindness.” Water, however, doesn’t have to be frozen to reflect the sun’s harsher rays back into your delicate eyes.

Choosing the Right Pair

Wearing sunglasses doesn’t just look cool; if you choose the right style and lenses, they protect your eyes. Be sure to choose a pair with complete protection by looking for a “100% UV Protection” label. Lenses designed to block both UV-A and UV-B rays will offer the greatest protection.

Next, check the style of the glasses. Wrap-arounds offer added protections on the sides. Since up to 10% of skin cancers occur near the eyes, it’s a good idea to protect your skin with full coverage sunglasses.

Be Aware of UV Intense Conditions

When enjoying sand and sun, be aware that there you are being exposed to a greater level of UV rays. The water and sand reflect the sun, exposing you to an even higher dose of UV rays. Even in overcast conditions, UV rays are present. Clouds don’t block the sun!

Consider Added Protection

Hats aren’t just stylish summer wear; they provide mobile shade and offer additional protection for your eyes. A wide-brimmed hat, worn with sunglasses and appropriate levels of sunscreen, can help keep your eyes safe this summer. Embrace these simple tips and enjoy the summer sun while protecting your vision.

If you have any other questions involving protecting your eyes from the sun or any other questions in general, contact Alpha Care today!