At the height of the summer, it’s more important than ever to be aware of the dangers of UV light. What are you doing to protect yourself?
UV light from the sun can be an issue all year long, but in the summer the days are longer and the sun is hotter! Keep in mind basic safety measures to take when you’re going to be outside.
Keep reading for a few important tips to follow this UV Safety Month to help protect your eyes!
Why UV Safety Matters
Ultraviolet, or UV light, is a form of radiation most commonly found in sunlight. But it can come from artificial sources, too, like tanning beds.
Even limited exposure to concentrated UV light can cause health issues. You’re probably aware UV light causes sunburns, wrinkles, and even skin cancer.
But it can affect your eyes, too. Too much UV damage can lead to cataracts and even a growth in your eyes called a pterygium.
It can also increase your risk of developing eye cancer. It’s as important to protect your eyes as it is to protect the rest of your body from UV light.
Keep You and Your Family Safe
The best thing you can do to protect your eyes is to wear sunglasses when you go outside. Even if it isn’t sunny, you should wear them when you’re outside for an extended period of time.
UV rays penetrate through clouds and are intensified by white surfaces like snow. Sunglasses are something you should have on hand at any time of year.
But not just any pair of sunglasses will do. Not all sunglasses will protect your eyes against UV light. For this reason, you need to be careful when you buy any sunglasses.
Be sure to buy a pair of sunglasses that have a sticker or tag that says they block out 99% of UV light. You may also want to wear a wide-brimmed hat.
This will protect your eyes even if you’re already wearing sunglasses. A wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses may be the best solution on days that you’ll be outside and it’s sunny.
Don’t forget to make sure your children have ample protection as well! Dress them appropriately with their own sunglasses and hats. Their eyes are especially prone to damage while they’re still growing!
Don’t feel like you have to avoid getting out when the weather is nice. As long as you’re smart, you can enjoy your time outside.
Be extra careful when you’re outside during the middle of the day. This is when the sun is at its highest and is strongest.
Stick to the shade when you can. If you have protective sunglasses and dress the right way, you can safely enjoy hot summer days.
Protect Your Skin, Too!
Don’t forget about sunscreen. Always make sure you apply it to any exposed areas of skin and reapply every few hours.
If you can, cover up with lightweight clothing that will keep you cool while also protecting your skin. Both your skin and eyes can be severely damaged by UV exposure.
It’s important to protect both. Make sure your kids know how important it is to protect themselves, too!
Concerned about your eyes this summer? Schedule an appointment at Sierra Nevada Eye Center in Carson City, NV today!