Dr. Jim Martin 05/02/2016

woman-sunburn-sunscreen.pngThe summer sun is right around the corner and that means plenty of outdoor fun with family and friends. You probably already know that the sun's UV rays are harmful to your skin. These rays can also impact your eyesight and eye health. What matters is how you react. Do you have the proper forms of protection against the sun's potentially cancerous/blinding UV rays? Keep reading to find out how you can reduce the odds of sun damage to your skin and eyes.

Water-Resistant Sunscreen

Don't head outdoors without any protection against the sun. Apply sunscreen of at least SPF 30+ for your outdoor errands, walks, jogs and other activities. Be sure to reapply it throughout the day, especially after you break a sweat or enjoy the water. Ideally, you will apply sunscreen a full half an hour before heading outdoors. So try to plan ahead and safeguard your skin for the sun's powerful light. Apply the lotion to your arms, legs, face and hands. Use a lip balm with a SPF of 30+ as well.

Mind Your Local UV Index

Get into the habit of checking your city's UV index on a daily basis. You can typically find it in the weather report portion of your favorite weather website. The UV index runs one through ten. When the scale reaches ten, you should do your best to stay indoors as much as you can in order to avoid the sun's most powerful UV rays.

Protect Yourself With Another Layer

Consider wearing an extra layer of clothing or a hat to protect your skin. Incorporate sunglasses for eye protection as well. Each layer adds another barrier of protection against the sun. Pants, long-sleeved shirts, jackets and other items can all help in your battle against UV rays. There’s even clothing with Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) ratings to further protect you from UV rays. You don't have to wear them the entire day; keep them in your car or within arm's reach at work or school so you can wear them when necessary.

Always Wear Sunglasses

Your eyes and eyelids are quite sensitive to sunlight so be sure to keep a pair of sunglasses with you at all times. Don't use any old pair of sunglasses. Your eyes need and deserve protection provided by lenses with 99-100 percent UV absorption. Any less will put your eyes in jeopardy of sun damage.

Beat the sun this summer with a new pair of sunglasses from Broome Optical. We'll put your prescription right into your choice of sunglasses. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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