How To Protect Your Eyes from the Sun

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(Last Updated On: February 26, 2019)


Disclosure:I wrote this review while participating in an influencer campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of HealthyWomen and VISTAKON® Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. and received a promotional item from Mom Central to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

I do a pretty good job of protecting my skin from the sun. I slather on sunscreen, and religiously apply lip balm with spf.

I don’t particularly enjoy these tasks ,but I worry about wrinkles and skin cancer.

But what about protecting your eyes?  Did you know that long term sun exposure may increase the risk of cataracts and other eye diseases?

Some easy things you can do to protect your eye health:
1. Wear Sunglasses: I always considered sunglasses a fashion statement that lets me more easily read  outside.However, they can also help block the harmful sun rays.


The best glasses should be marked as capable of blocking 99% of rays, and  they should be able to cover your whole eye area.

2. Wear a wide-brimmed hat.

3. Consider UV-Blocking Contact Lenses. These lenses physically block harmful rays from entering your eye. Think of it as sunblock for your peepers!

Acuvue lenses offer the highest UV Blocking currently available. I prefer to wear disposable contacts, while my Mom prefers long wearing ones. Luckily, there is a version of each (AcueVue TruEye and AcueVue Oasys respectively).

Once you get your new UV Blocking Contacts be sure to take care of them. Did you know that only 2% of contact lens wearers follow the rules?

Be sure to follow these tips to keep yours in tip top shape
1. Keep your contacts away from water. Don’t swim or shower while wearing them, and never store them in water.

2.Only wear them for as long as the package recommends

3. Apply your eye makeup before putting in your contacts. I am guilty of not following this one. Its so much easier to see with contacts in. However it could contaminate them with germs lurking on your mascara wand. Ick!

4. Avoid touching oily soaps/makeup before putting in your contacts. Always wash your hands before handling them.

5.Replace your lens case at least once every 3 months.

If you are looking for more details on how to protect your eyes, please check out the Eye Health Center