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Summer sun, healthy eyes: Simple tips to protect your vision

We all know that the summer sun can damage our vision. These essential tips from our partners at VSP will help keep your eyes healthy throughout the season.

Summer sun, healthy eyes: Simple tips to protect your vision

Sun fun without the eye burn

Ever squinted so hard at the summer sun your eyes felt sore? Believe it or not, your eyes can get sunburned.

The sun blasts out three types of UV rays, but only UVA and UVB rays reach us here on Earth. Over time, too much exposure to these rays can damage your skin and your eyes. According to Prevent Blindness, a strong dose of UVB rays can even give you a corneal sunburn, also known as photokeratitis. Don't worry, it's not permanent, but it can make your eyes feel dry, itchy, and blurry.

Sunglasses: Your eyes' summer BFFs ️

How can you keep your eyes happy and healthy all summer long? Sunglasses are your best bet. Look for shades that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays. Bigger frames are better because they shield your eyes from rays sneaking in from the sides and top. Wraparound styles offer extra protection. 

Love spending time by the water? Consider polarized lenses. They block glare bouncing off the surface of the lake or ocean, keeping your vision clear and comfortable. 

Be smart when in the sun

Summer means more sunshine, but also more chances to overexpose your eyes to UV rays. Luckily, there are ways to be smart when in the sun to protect your eyes.

  • Seek shade: UV rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Plan your outdoor activities for earlier mornings or evenings whenever possible.
  • Skip the tanning bed: Tanning beds and sunlamps emit UVA/UVB rays too, so avoid those and embrace your natural summer glow.
  • Sunscreen and hats: Don't forget sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat. Sun protection is a team effort, and sunglasses are a key player on that team.

By following these tips, you can enjoy all the fun of summer without putting your eyes at risk. 
At Union Plus, we know how important healthy vision is to our members and their families. This article provided a few helpful tips on protecting your vision this summer, but remember, it's not a substitute for a full eye exam.

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