SUMMER IS NEARLY HERE! The Valley offers so many exciting outdoor activities for both adults and kids over the next few months: summer camps, picnics, lake trips on the weekends, summer sports, beach vacations…the list goes on. It’s easy to get caught up in all the fun and forget to protect yourself from the sun. The doctors at EYE-Q teamed up to provide insight about how to make sure you’re covered when the sun is at its brightest. This cool infographic has helpful facts about protecting your eyes. Plus, we have a few tips for staying safe this summer!
Tips for a Safe Summer in the Sun
• Every family member should have sunglasses. Kids’ eyes are more susceptible to damage from the sun than adults’ eyes, so it’s important for family members of all ages to have well-fitting sunglasses with UV blocking lenses.
• Hats and tightly-woven clothing will add protection. Wearing a hat whenever you’re outside will help protect your eyes as well as the sensitive skin on your face. Clothes you can’t see through most likely won’t let the sun through either.
• Carry sunscreen with you at all times, and reapply every two hours. Pocket-sized bottles will do the trick in a pinch, and you never want to be caught in the sun without sunscreen. And one layer won’t keep you protected all day. Reapply regularly — especially if you or your children have been in the water or taken part in a sweaty activity.
• Broad spectrum SPF 30-50 sunscreen provides the most universal protection, but no sunscreen will protect from 100% of UVA and UVB rays. Higher SPF does not necessarily mean better protection. Sun Protection Factor measures how well you’re protected from UVB rays – the ones that cause sunburn and damage the skin, but UVA rays can be just as harmful.
• Sun protection is still important on cloudy days. Clouds only block 20% of UV rays, so sunscreen and sunglasses should be worn even on overcast days.