While being out in the sun might feel good, but ultraviolet (UV) rays can harm your eyes. Protecting your eyes from the sun's harmful UV rays is crucial for maintaining good eye health and preventing long-term damage.
At Alabama Eye Clinic in Talladega, AL, our optometrist can give you routine eye exams, an important part of eye health. We also offer these tips to protect your eyes from the sun.
A hat with a brim can help shield your eyes from direct sunlight exposure. Before you head out the door, grab a baseball cap or sun hat to keep the sun from shining in your eyes. Pair your sunglasses with a wide-brimmed hat or a cap with a visor to provide extra shade and protection from the sun.
You should also find sunglasses that offer protection from UVA and UVB rays. Look for sunglasses labeled "UV400" or "100% UV protection." Wrap-around styles can provide additional protection by blocking rays from the sides. Remember that you should wear sunglasses all year round, not just in summer.
In the water, sunlight can reflect off the surface and enter your eyes. Wear goggles when swimming or sunglasses if you’re floating around on a raft or inner tube. Goggles or other protective eyewear are also important in winter. When you’re skiing or snowshoeing, sunlight can reflect off the snow.
Weather forecasts often provide a UV index, which lets you know how intense the sun’s UV rays will be. Plan on staying indoors on days with a high UV index to protect your eyes.
Stay inside between 10 am and 4 pm, especially during summer. At this time, the sun's rays are at their strongest intensity. Wear a brimmed hat and sunglasses if you go outside.
If it’s time for an eye exam or if you have concerns about your vision, please contact Alabama Eye Clinic in Talladega, AL. Our optometrist can check your vision and help keep your eyes healthy. Call our office at (256) 362-4872 to schedule an appointment.