Seven smart tips for summer eye safety

August 23, 2010

Couples wearing sunglasses at the beach

A few simple things you can do to protect your eyes

As you head out this summer, make sure you give your eyes the TLC they need this time of year.

  • Choose sunglasses that block 100 percent of the sun's UVA and UVB rays. And make sure your little ones have the same protection.
  • If you're going to spend much time outdoors, wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
  • When you're using a tool such as mower, trimmer, or drill, wear work-rated safety goggles. Anyone near you should, too.
  • Play it safe. Wear the right mask, shield, or goggles for the sport you're playing.
  • Watch fireworks from a safe distance, and let the experts use them.
  • Don't let the oil from plants like poison ivy get into your eyes.
  • If pool chemicals burn your eyes, get out and rinse them with water. If they still hurt, see a doctor.
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