July is UV Safety Month!

Summer vacation is here! Is your family spending more time outside playing, swimming, or going to the beach? Outdoor activities expose your skin and eyes to harmful, ultra-violet (UV) rays from the sun. Children’s eyes receive 70% more exposure to these harmful rays than adult eyes! This can put them at risk of developing eye diseases as adults.

6 tips from the Discovery Eye Foundation on how you can protect your kids this summer:

  1. Wear sunglasses – especially younger children
  2. Wear protective eye gear for ball or shooting sports
  3. Don’t rub if sand gets in the eyes
  4. Use a non-irritating sunscreen
  5. Wear a wide-brimmed hat. Remember, whenever you are wearing sunglasses or a hat for comfort and protection from the sun, your children should be wearing them too.
  6. Check chlorine levels in your pool to prevent eye infections from algae and other bacteria. Keep your eyes closed under water to prevent eye irritation from the chlorine.