You may be aware that the UV rays of the sun can cause damage to your skin, but did you know your eyes can also be damaged by these harmful rays? Some of the most common eye conditions caused by the sun include cataracts, eye cancers, and growths on the eye called pterygium.
If you want to protect your eyes from the sun, here are three ways to do it.
Wear the Right Sunglasses
If you think that cheap pair of sunglasses you bought at the convenience store is doing an adequate job of protecting your eyes from the sun, think again. For optimum protection, you need sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of harmful rays, including both long wave ultraviolet A (UVA) and short wave ultraviolet B (UVB).
For added protection from the sun, you should opt for wraparound sunglasses and make sure they fit properly.
Get Your Car Windows Tinted
If you spend a lot of time in your car, you may want to consider getting your windows tinted. While some people do this to add privacy, or they just want their car to look cool, auto window tinting can also help protect your skin and your eyes from the damaging rays of the sun.
If you get high quality tint added to your car windows, it has the potential to block up to 99 percent of ultraviolet (UV) light. Auto window tinting can also protect your vision from hazardous glare while you're driving.
Stay in the Shade
If you don't have a good pair of sunglasses, you should stay in the shade while outdoors. It's especially important to do this when the sun reaches its highest point in the sky, which is usually between 10 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon. This is when the UV rays of the sun are the most intense, and also the most damaging. It's also important to know that there are certain months when the sun's UV rays are the strongest, which is between May and August.
If you can't find any shade while you're spending time outdoors during these times and months, you can create your own by donning a wide-brimmed hat or sitting under an umbrella.
By choosing to wear sunglasses while spending time outdoors, getting your car windows tinted, or by staying in the shade as much as possible, you are doing well to protect your eyes from getting damaged by the sun.