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    SunMany of us have experienced the results of prolonged exposure to UV rays. Usually it manifests as a nasty sun-burn – the redness, the tenderness, the peeling. Not fun. So we put on SPF 1000 sunblock to help protect our skin. But how many of us think about protecting our eyes? Just as UV rays can burn your skin, UV rays can also affect your eyes – potentially damaging the cells and tissues we need for healthy eyesight.

    Don’t think that you only need to protect your eyes only in the summer. While UV rays are stronger in the summer than in the winter, reflected sunlight off snow, as well as water and pavement, is more intense and could still cause damage to your eyes, whether you’re skiing, boating, or just walking around town.

    Ironically, when you live higher up in the mountains, or where the air is cleaner, the UV exposure is higher than for folks who live in valleys or in cities with air pollution. Fortunately, there are a few ways we can protect our eyes from damaging UV rays.

    Tips to Protect Your Eyes from UV Rays

    Tips for Protecting Your Eyes from UV Rays

    Wide Brimmed Hat

    Because hats can be fun and protect your eyes!

    1. Wear a hat. A wide-brimmed hat will not only help cool you off from the sun, but it also shades your eyes from UV rays. I also find that it reduces squinting when you’re looking around on a sunny day.

    2. Stylin’ with sunglasses. And I’m not talking about the fancy schmancy sunglasses that only look good. Find sunglasses that offer both UVB and UVA protection that block at least 99% of UV rays. Make sure to get large lenses that cover the eye area for maximum protection.

    3. Wear contacts? Ask your eye care provider about UV blocking contact lenses to provide additional UV protection.

    ACUVUE® OASYS® Brand Contact Lenses, or for those who prefer a daily disposable contact lens, 1-DAY ACUVUE® TruEye® Contact Lenses, offer the highest level of UV-blocking available in a contact lens.

    Wearing UV-blocking contact lenses under your sunglasses (and with a hat!) is a great way to help protect your eyes from UV rays.

    By following these simple tips, you can help your eyes and your vision stay healthier. For more tips on how to protect your eyes, visit the Eye Health Center at HealthyWomen.org.

    How do you protect your eyes from UV rays?

    Disclaimer: I wrote this review while participating in an influencer campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of HealthyWomen and VISTAKON® Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. and received a promotional item from Mom Central to thank me for taking the time to participate.

    11 Comments so far. Please add yours!

    • Mer says:

      Great reminder to protect our eyes! I didn’t know they made UV blocking contacts.

    • carla bonesteel says:

      Anyone who knows me, knows I have a pair of sunglasses on my face (or head) at ALL times, if I’m not asleep…summer, winter, day or night…i’m always prepared!

    • ANN*H says:

      Yes we need to protect our eyes more from the sun. My eyes as I age grow worse and are bothered more by the suns rays. I do not wear contact tho.

    • Ari says:

      I’ve been quite light sensitive since I was young. I don’t regularly step out into the bright sun for extended amounts of time, but even the small amount can make a difference. I think I like the idea of UV-blocking contact lens. I’ll have to look into those for my next pair! Until then, it’s being conscious of time outside and sunglasses for me!

    • Kristina L. says:

      This is so important.. The older I get the more sensitive my eyes are to the sun!

    • Well we all need to protect our eyes from the sun. Sun glasses are meant to protect and the fashion of it is just secondary.

    • John M. says:

      Great reminder. I live in sunny California and wear my sunglasses a lot to protect my eyes.

    • Minta says:

      Yes, we all need to protect your eyes..I know I can’t go anywhere without my sunglasses.

    • Maria Iemma says:

      I went to the store and bought sunglasses for my toddler granddaughter. She always says the sun bothers her eyes — we should start taking care of our eyes from an early age.

    • Sylvia Ortiz says:

      I am a sunglass wearer whenever outdoors, as besides protecting my eyes from UV rays, my eyes have always been overly sensitive to the bright sun and tend to continue to water if I don’t wear shades.

    • crystal smith says:

      I also wear shades whenever I’m outdoors mostly because my eyes are sensitive to bright sunlight- I’ll have to look into getting UV-blocking contact lenses, thats a great idea :)

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