Most people are aware of the harmful effects of UV rays on the skin, but not many realize how harmful they can be to your eyes as well. UV rays can seriously damage your eyes, leading to vision loss and other serious conditions such as cataracts, macular degeneration and even cancer. So if you’re planning to get out and enjoy all that Cape Cod has to offer this summer, as your local optometrists in Cape Cod, MA, we just want to remind you to take a few precautions to protect your eyes.
Choose the right sunglasses
Wearing sunglasses is the number one way to protect your eyes from the dangerous effects of UV rays, but most people aren’t careful about the sunglasses they choose to wear. At Bayview Optometrics, we have a large selection of designer sunglasses and prescription sunglasses to suit every style and protect your eyes from the sun. But whether you buy from us or somewhere else, here are a few tips to help you choose sunglasses that will give you the most protection:
- Always choose sunglasses with 100 percent UV protection
- Go for larger sunglasses that will give you the most coverage
- Remember that darker sunglasses don’t necessarily protect your eyes better
By investing in a quality pair of sunglasses, you can ensure that your eyes are safe from the harmful effects of UV rays and protect the skin around your eyes from cancer and premature wrinkles and aging.
Don’t let clouds fool you
People often think that cloud coverage is an excuse not to be careful about exposure to the sun’s rays. However, UV rays are strong enough to pass through hazy or thin clouds. So unless there’s thick cloud coverage and it looks like rain, keep your eyes protected even on cloudy days.
Never look directly at the sun
Looking directly at the sun can ruin your eyes. Looking into the sun, even briefly, can cause temporary blindness and other more far-reaching problems. Even if the sun is covered by clouds or during an eclipse, never look directly at the sun. Direct exposure to any light from the sun can be extremely harmful to your eyes.
Protect your loved ones
Although everyone is at risk, older family members and children are more susceptible to the harmful effects of the sun’s rays. Make sure that your loved ones are protected. For kids, it may be difficult to get them to wear sunglasses, but there are options that have straps to help prevent your child from taking them off.
As your local optometrists in Cape Cod, MA, Bayview Optometrics wants you to get out and enjoy the summer as much as possible, but we also want to make sure your eyes are protected. If you need help picking out a pair of quality sunglasses, stop in and check out our selection of 100 percent UV protecting designer sunglasses. We’ll be happy to help you find a fit and style to best meet your needs!