As the summer heats up, we all know to pack the sunscreen to protect our skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. What some may not know is that the sun can be harmful to your eyes and vision too! Here are some summer tips for protecting those baby blues:

1. Keep it 100
Look for glasses that are labeled “100 percent UV Protection”. These specs will do the best job protecting your eyes from the UV rays themselves, not just sunlight. If you want to be extra safe, consider a pair that has side protection – Matsuda has some great and stylish selections – which will prevent rays from entering through the side.

 

2. Contacts-Schmontacts
Even if you wear UV-blocking contact lenses, a good pair of shades are essential. Though they can help protect your eyes, UV-blocking contacts can’t do the same amount of heavy lifting that sunglasses do – like protect the delicate skin around your eyes.

 

3. Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Part of what makes UV rays so dangerous is that they can quietly add up depending on what the weather is like, what time it is, and even your location. Here are a few quick notes about them so they don’t sneak up on you:

  • Sunlight is strongest mid-day to early afternoon. If you’re going out between 10am and 3pm, be especially sure to grab the sunscreen and a pair of sunglasses.
  • Water, sand, snow and concrete can reflect 85% of sunlight. If you choose to do a beach day,or even if you’re just at a cafe in the city, those pesky UV rays can be intensified.

Clouds don’t block UV light. If you can’t see the sun, UV rays can’t get to you, right? Not so fast. Though clouds and haze do darken the sky, the sun’s rays pass right on through.

 

4. Think of the Children!
The sun can be especially harmful to kids – especially when they’re spending more time outside. Even so, 82% of parents coat their children in sunscreen, but only one third make sure their kids wear sunglasses. Making sure your little ones have both when they go out will keep them healthier and happier (and with a whole lot less sunburn).