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Posted on 07-19-2017

Tips for UV Protection from Our Eye Doctors in Boston

The summer season is hard on your eyes due to the increased UV radiation and exposure to sunlight. While you may enjoy the beautiful weather conditions, your eyes face greater exposure to UV rays. By working with an eye doctor near Boston, you reduce the risk of damage to your eyes from UV exposure.

Man sitting on a dock with his child with proper eye protection.

Start by Getting an Eye Exam

Before you take any measures to protect your eyes, get an eye exam from an optometrist in our clinic. At Eyes Over Copley, we evaluate your eyes for risk factors and help determine the best course of action to protect your eyes and vision from damaging UV radiation. 

An eye doctor checks for complications that may result in greater damage from the sun. We also ensure that you understand the appropriate ways to limit exposure to UV rays when you spend time outdoors during the summer months.

Wear Sunglasses with UV Protection

A simple way to protect your eyes from UV rays is through sunglasses. Opt for sunglasses that block or absorb 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays. You also want to ensure that the sunglasses completely cover your eyes and the area of your face surrounding the eyes. Do not wear small sunglasses that leave a portion of your eyes exposed to the sun.

Since you will wear the glasses outdoors and while engaging in outdoor activities, choose durable sunglasses that are resistant to damage. An optometrist can help you find the right sunglasses to protect your eyes and keep up with your plans for the season.

Wear a Hat to Shade Your Eyes

When you do not have access to sunglasses or you cannot wear them for any reason, opt for a hat. Ideally, you want a hat with a wide brim that is 3 inches or more away from your head. A small brim will not properly protect your eyes or any portion of your face. If your eyes are not in the shade when you wear a hat, then the brim does not offer the level of protection you need from the sun. A tinted visor is another option when you do not want to wear a hat or when engaging in a sport that prevents you from wearing a hat or sunglasses.

Contact Our Local Boston Optometrists for More UV Protection Tips!

Protecting your eyes from UV radiation starts with identifying your needs and risk factors. When you have an idea of potential risks, a professional can help you find the right sunglasses. To learn more about protecting your eyes or to set up an appointment near Boston, contact us at 617-859-0630 today.

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