When we think about sun damage, we focus mostly on our skin. But ultraviolet (UV) rays also threaten our eyes and the delicate skin around them. Here are a few protection tips from the American Academy of Opthalmology:
Choose sunglasses that block UVA and UVB rays and are labeled either UV400 or 100% UV protection.
Don’t be fooled by clouds: the sun’s rays can pass through haze and thin clouds.
If you wear UV-blocking contact lenses, you’ll still need sunglasses.
Be extra careful in UV-intense conditions: Sunlight is strongest mid-day to early afternoon, at higher altitudes, and when reflected off of water, ice, or snow.
Wear a hat along with your sunglasses and consider wraparound style sunglasses for extra protection.
Don’t forget the kids. It’s a good idea to have them wear sunglasses and hats as well.