Proper Eye Care During Summer

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An old Yiddish proverb says that the eyes are the mirror of the soul. Years of sun exposure without proper protection can damage how your eyes look and impair your vision. The right pair of sunglasses  can prevent premature cataract, retinal damage and other eye problems.

Limit exposure

Limiting sun exposure doesn’t  mean that you have to avoid outdoor activities that are healthy for your body. Avoiding sunlight completely without affecting your lifestyle is impossible. A simple way to protect yourself is to avoid prolonged direct sun exposure and simply and stay in the shade. The sun is strongest between 10 am and 4 pm with intense UV light. Beach areas reflect sunlight because of the water and sand and increase the radiation levels. If you are planning a day outside you can check the UV Index for your area and use the simple shadow test: if your shadow is shorter than you or you don’t have a shadow at all it means that the sun is at it’s peak. Remember that you are exposed even if you are indoors and the UV light comes through a window.

Proper sunglasses

Sunglasses are a must have in the sunny seasons. The perfect sunglasses should have 99%-100% protection against UVA and UVB radiation, but some of them don’t have it at all so make sure you check the label for the ANSI sign before you buy them. Darker doesn’t mean better, but bigger does. Use glasses with large frames or wraparounds. Stanton Optical offers more than 3,000 frame models and high-end brand sunglasses from Armani, Coach and Calvin Klein, with fast full-service on-site labs and affordable prices at You can find more information about Stanton Optical on Facebook as well as eye health tips and chic frames ideas. If you also need vision correction doctors recommend that you protect yourself by using UV-blocking contact lenses with UV- sunglasses and an additional hat. Don’t forget to wear protection sunglasses or lenses even when it’s cloudy, because UV can still harm your eyes and while driving. Polarized lenses are ideal for driving and water activities because of their reduced glare.

Additional protection measures

Protect your eyes with a healthy diet rich in beta-carotene. Carotenoids are found in carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, apricots and most deep-colored vegetables and fruits. Make a fresh fruit salad, tasty and rich in nutrients. Avoid dry eyes condition by hydrating your eyes with eye drops. This will clean your eyes of small particles after sun exposure and also protect your eyes on windy days at the beach and during prolonged outdoor periods. The fist symptom is a certain redness of the eyes followed by pain, blurred vision, burning and watering. Don’t forget about periodic eye examinations!