NOT ALL EYE PROTECTION IS CREATED EQUAL

Just as you would protect your skin before some fun in the sun, it’s important to protect your eyes with proper eyewear. The risk of harming your eyes is higher if you wear sunglasses without UV protection. The dark tint most sunglasses feature actually causes your pupils to open wider, allowing more UV rays to pass through.

For maximum safety, opt for a pair of sunglasses with 100% UV protection. This way, UV rays will be absorbed before they can reach (and harm) your eyes.

BIGGER IS BETTER

Those oversized sunglasses aren’t just stylish — they also increase UV protection. The larger the coverage area, the less damage the sun can do.

IF YOU’RE A FREQUENT DRIVER, YOUR SUNGLASSES SHOULD BE POLARIZED

Polarized lenses are designed to eliminate glare. Whether it comes from the road, a large body of water or the vehicle in front of you, it is important that your vision isn’t compromised while driving.

EATING HEALTHY FOR YOUR EYES

Summer is quickly approaching and soon we will be spending a lot more time outside. Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing a pair of sunglasses: For added eye health benefits, stock your kitchen with foods that are high in vitamins A, C and E, as well as minerals like lutein, zeaxanthin and omega fatty acids. These types of foods can help with the summer stresses your eyes are subject to. Here are some examples:

  • Carrots or Tomatoes (vitamin A)
  • Strawberries or Melon (vitamin C)
  • Peanut Butter or Almonds (vitamin E)
  • Leafy Greens (lutein and zeaxanthin)
  • Shrimp or Egg Yolks (zinc)
  • Fatty Fish such as Salmon or Tuna (omega fatty acid)