Simple ways you can protect your eyes this summer

As we welcome the warmer weather and a little more sunshine into our lives, there’s a lot to look forward to. Time in our backyards, cookouts, days at the beach or the lake, drinks in the sun and more time with the people we love the most. Sunshine makes us feel good – and we could do with a little boost of vitamin D now and again!

During the summer months, we’re told to be mindful of the damage the sun can do to our skin, and we take steps to protect ourselves from the UV rays. We wear sunscreen, keep our arms covered and remember to take regular breaks indoors. What many of us neglect to remember, however, is the impact the sun can have on our eyes. The UV rays from the sun aren’t just damaging for your skin, overexposure in our eyes can lead to all kinds of vision problems including eye cancer and cataracts!

So, with this in mind, let’s explore some simple ways you can protect your eyes this summer. Read on to find out more.

Update your eyewear

Keeping your eyes protected from the sun is easy with the right pair of glasses. You’ll find a wide range of reading sunglasses on this site, available in a wide range of colours, shapes, styles and lens-tint options. Keeping your eyes safe in the sun means investing in a high-quality pair of sunglasses or tinted reactive lenses – not only will these keep you protected, but you’ll also be more comfortable in the sun and safer whilst driving in bright conditions. Whatever your personal style, you don’t have to compromise just because you need eye protection, searching for eyewear online means browsing hundreds of design options that complement your summer style, effortlessly.

Know when to take a break

Do you know when the sun is at its hottest? Being mindful of the strength of the sun at various points of the day can help keep your sun exposure to a minimum. The most dangerous part of the day for skin and eyes? The morning and mid-afternoon, so between the hours of 10am and 3pm, either stay indoors or take extra precautions whilst you and your family enjoy the sunshine.

Don’t be a cheapskate

It’s all too tempting to head to the drug store and pick up a pair of cheap sunglasses to make it through the day. Not only are these options more likely to break in your day bag, but they won’t give your eyes the UV protection you desperately need. Always look for lenses that block 99 to 100% of UVA and UVB rays and those that screen out between 75% and 90% of visible light. Remember, you only get one pair of eyes, so invest in their protection.

And finally, consider a wider frame

Those oversized celebrity-style sunglasses everyone online is wearing? They don’t just look good, they block even more UV rays from entering your eyes and causing damage. So, you can look good and stay visually protected this summer!

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