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Protecting Your Eyes From The Sun

How can I protect my eyes in the sun?

There are many things you can do to keep your eyes safe in the sun, starting with wearing sunglasses designed to screen Ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Look for a closely fitting or wraparound design with a high eye protecting factor (EPF).

There are also other things you can do:

  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat. Much of the sunlight you receive comes from directly overhead, getting past most sunglasses.
  • Never look directly at the sun, even when wearing sunglasses.
  • Wear sunscreen on your face, eyelids, and around your eyes, but take care not to get sunscreen in your eyes.
  • Avoid commercial tanning booths. If you do go, make sure you receive special protective goggles.

Eye damage from the sun is cumulative, meaning that any harm you do to your eyes as a child stays with you throughout your life. If you have children, it's essential to warn them and teach them about the dangers of the sun.