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As summer gets into full swing, it’s time to refresh your regimen for sun safety. Eyecare education is a top priority – for both adults and kids – on best practices for preventing sun damage.
Some safety tips as we head into the heat of the year:
- Insect repellant can reduce sunscreen’s efficacy up to 33 percent, so boost your SPF number if you’re avoiding mosquitos!
- Invisible UV rays that cause sun damage are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so seeking shade during those hours can help prevent sunburns.
- Of course, wearing sun protection like hats and sunscreen are also highly recommended, and along with your exposed shoulders and nose, your eyes need some protection from the big fireball in the sky.
Whether you require a corrective prescription or not, sunglasses on bright days aren’t just a style choice, they’re a key piece of safety gear to protect your eyes.
Cheap sunglasses have their price-point allure, but ensuring you’ve got full protection against UVA and UVB rays demands lenses likeXperio UV to prevent temporarily uncomfortable eyeball sunburns and the serious long-term problems that can come from too much unprotected sun exposure like cataracts and eyelid skin cancer. Plus, higher-quality shades can offer additional eye protection from foreign objects and, thanks to technology like polarization, even cut glare and make a day driving or boating much safer.
There’s no avoiding the statistic that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S., and as such the importance of sun safety can’t be overstated. But with some common sense, simple measures and plenty of water, sunscreen and UV-blocking sunglasses, you’ll be well equipped to enjoy the long days and sunny skies of summer.