UV protection can be incorporated into eyeglasses, sunglasses, contact lenses. We can shield ourselves from sun damage in other ways, too.
You need not sport a designer label or shell out a week’s pay to buy a good pair of sunglasses. Look for those that block 99% or more of UVA and UVB radiation. Polarized lenses will reduce glare when you’re in the snow, on the water, or driving.
Wear UV Blocking Contact Lenses:
Contact lenses that incorporate UV-blocking optical materials offer added protection because they can filter out UV rays that stray past hats and sunglasses.
Wear a Hat:
Broad-brimmed hats aren’t as high-tech as UV-blocking contact lenses, but they’re very effective in shading your eyes, as well as your skin, from solar radiation. In fact, a hat with a wide brim (3 in. or more) can block about half of the UV radiation from the sun and reduce the amount of sunlight that shines in around the edges of your sunglasses.
Minimize Sun Exposure:
Another simple but effective way to reduce your risk from UV exposure is to stay out of the sun, particularly between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when sunlight is most direct.
When applying sunscreen, don’t forget your face and eyelids. Apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher about a half hour before you engage in outdoor activities, and reapply it every couple of hours if you’re sweating or swimming.
Look Out for Children:
Children’s eyes aren’t as good at screening out UV rays as adult eyes are. Parents and guardians should purchase sunglasses, hats, and sunscreen for children and make sure they wear them. In choosing sunglasses, look for high-impact lenses that won’t break easily, and secure the glasses with a Velcro strap to make sure they don’t get lost.
Once you and any children in your care are suited up in hats and sunglasses and have been slathered with sunscreen, enjoy your time outdoors.
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