The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage your eyes and increase your risk of developing eye problems, such as cataracts and macular degeneration. Here are some tips on how to protect your eyes from the sun:
- Wear sunglasses that block 100% of UV rays. Look for sunglasses that have the following label: “UV-A and UV-B Protection.”
- Wear a hat with a brim that shades your face and neck.
- Stay in the shade as much as possible.
- Avoid looking directly at the sun.
- Wear sunglasses even on cloudy days. UV rays can penetrate clouds.
If you have any concerns about your eye health, be sure to see an eye doctor.
Here are some additional tips for protecting your eyes from the sun:
- Choose sunglasses that fit snugly and don’t have any gaps around the edges.
- Replace your sunglasses every two years, or sooner if they are scratched or damaged.
- Don’t wear sunglasses that are too dark. Dark sunglasses can make it difficult to see in low-light conditions.
- If you wear contact lenses, be sure to wear sunglasses when you’re outside. Contact lenses can’t protect your eyes from UV rays.