The days are getting longer and we’re all more likely to enjoy nicer weather by spending more time outdoors. Unfortunately, spending more time brings more time with mosquitoes, more chances of sunburn, and more chances of UV radiation damaging your eyes. Yes, UV radiation from the sun is linked to many eye issues like macular degeneration, cataracts, and photokeratitis. Avoid these serious eye disease by practicing safe sun habits while you’re outside this summer.
Invest in Quality Eye Protection
There’s a difference between quality sunglasses that are labeled “100% UV protection” and those cheap little freebies you get at the fair. Avoid the freebies and invest in good sunglasses that you like (so you’ll actually wear them) and that protect your eyes in the elements you’re most likely to encounter. If you’re on the move alot, a pair of sunglasses that hug your face and block wind might be the best fit for you. Alternatively, you may only need something to keep yourself protected while you’re out gardening. Don’t be afraid to try a few different pairs and keep extras on hand so you’ll never be without.
Also, consider buying a hat with a big, wide brim. Again, know when you’ll be using it the most so you aren’t stuck with a huge hat that will fly off while you’re out ATV-ing. Find a hat that protects your face and eyes from overhead sunlight, and consider finding an option with a string to keep it secure if you feel you need it. A baseball hat might also be a great fit, as long as it works with your lifestyle and won’t budge while you’re out in the sun.
If you’re worried about preventing eye disease, or looking for a consultation regarding the health of your eyes, give us a call at (701) 235-5200.