By Cristela Tello
Most people think that applying sunblock and drinking plenty of water is enough to stay healthy during the hot, sunny days but what about your eyes?
“It’s important to protect your eyes from sunlight as exposure may increase risk of cataracts, macular degeneration and certain cancers,” says Dr. Charlotte Wedge, former Chief of Ophthalmology at Michael Garron Hospital.
Sunlight reflected off water can also cause a painful condition called photokeratitis, commonly known as snow blindness in winter.
Dr. Wedge suggests these three tips to protect your eyes this summer:
- Wear a sunhat
- Preferably wear one with a broad brim. The hat will not only protect your eyes but also your face and prevent overheating.
- Keep out of the sun during the middle of the day
- While it’s tempting to be outside when it’s so nice and sunny, it’s best to avoid sun exposure during the middle of the day, when the sun is at its peak. Stay inside, or take cover in the shade.
- Wear sunglasses
- Don’t leave home without them! They need to block both UVA and UVB rays and be labeled either 100% UV Protection or UV400. Wraparound frames offer even more protection.
“It’s very important to wear a hat and sunglasses whenever you’re outside,” says Dr. Wedge. “Remember that clouds don’t block UV rays so be careful even on overcast days.”