Ultraviolet light is widely known to cause skin damage, but these harmful rays can also damage the eyes and surrounding areas. Follow these tips to protect your eyes from UV rays:

  1. Sunglasses are the best defense for your eyes. To get the most protection, wear a close-fitting, wrap-around style with wide lenses that block 100% of UV rays.
  2. Hats can help block as much as 50% of UV rays. To get maximum protection, wear a hat in addition to your sunglasses.
  3. Most modern lenses have UV protection in them, regardless of their color. Clear prescription glasses of contacts may have UV protection, but ask your optometrist to be sure.
  4. UV rays can penetrate through clouds, meaning you risk exposure even on cloudy days! Don't forget to wear your sunglasses outside, even if you cannot see the sun.
  5. Everyone is affected by UV rays, so make sure your little ones have eye protection as well!
  6. Wide open spaces with reflective surfaces such as sand, snow, or water can reflect UV rays back into your eyes, sometimes even doubling your exposure to them. Be sure to have UV protection when visiting these types of areas.

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