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Are you ready to soak up the sun this summer

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Are you ready to soak up the sun this summer? You probably have your sunscreen ready for your beautiful skin, but what about your eyes? Did you remember packing sunscreen for your eyes? Read below to find out why sun protection is so important for your eyes.

Don’t take the sun lightly, certain types of light from the sun can wreak havoc. Ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB), powerful, invisible rays with wavelengths shorter than visible light, are the most dangerous parts of sunlight. For most of us, the eyes are the most cherished of our senses. Yet we potentially expose them to danger simply by going outside. Over time, the sun’s rays can seriously damage the eyes and surrounding skin, sometimes leading to vision loss and conditions from cataracts and macular degeneration to eye and eyelid cancers. However, simple daily protective strategies will help keep our eyes and the sensitive skin around them healthy.

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Here are a few simple steps you can take to make sure you protect your eyes from the sun this summer. Always wear sunglasses when outdoors year-round because even on overcast days, UV rays can penetrate through clouds and haze. Sunglass lenses come in many shades, with neutral gray, green, or brown usually offering the most comfortable vision. Choose the color that works best for you. Before purchasing sunglasses, check tags, labels, or packaging to make sure the lenses provide proper UV protection.
For proper protection, sunglasses should offer the ability to absorb and block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB light. They should be sufficient size to shield the eyes, eyelids, and surrounding areas. The more skin covered, the better. Wraparound styles with a comfortable, close fit and UV-protective side shields are ideal . They should be durable and impact resistance. Polarized lenses can help to eliminate glare, especially when driving, but also out in the snow or on the water, where reflection greatly magnifies glare. Continuing glare can cause fatigue, headaches, and even migraines.

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Other safety measures you can take are wearing a hat with at least a 3” brim all around can block up to half of all UVB rays from your eyes and eyelids. Hats or tinted visors also help block UV from entering your eyes from above. Since sunglasses and hats cannot cover your entire face, sunscreen is also important. Finally, whenever outside, seek shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM. Don’t forget the kids and older family members, everyone is at risk including children and senior citizens. Remember, practice all these strategies year-round — including when you’re on vacation, spring, summer, winter and fall.