When you go to the beach, or spend a whole day out in the sun, chances are you put on sunscreen to protect yourself from sunburn. Do you put some in your eyes too? Of course not. And you shouldn't. Yet over 50% of Americans don't wear sunglasses. That's a pretty high percentage. Because if you don't manage UV rays well, they can really damage to your eyesight. If your eyes don't get enough sun exposure, it's not healthy either... so what do you do?
- Make sure you protect your eyes in the most important hours. Use sunglasses between 11am and 2.30pm. That's the time of the day when UV is the strongest and can really burn. You see, our family never uses sunscreen. And we never get sunburned. Because we avoid these hours like the plague. Our kids literally never had sunscreen. They never had a sunburn either. So it's a good practice for your eyes too.
- To nourish your eyes, don't wear sunglasses until 10am. That morning sun is really good for your eyesight. It nourishes your cornea. After 4pm, take them sunnies off again! Again, it's great sun to nourish your eyes with.
- Don't look directly into the sun without protection. Only ever do that when half of the sun is covered behind the horizon. In other words; only ever look at the sun directly without protection during the first half of sunrise, and the second half of sunset. Ever!! It's really bad for your cone cells if you do! But sunrise and sunset are amazing for your eye health. Get some of that!
- Invest in a great pair of sunglasses. With glass lenses and proper UV protection. It's not about fashion (although it can be)! It's about maintaining your eye health. That's way more important than looking good. It'll be the difference between seeing well or not. But they make good looking ones with glass lenses too. You just have to dig a bit more.
- Eat more green leafy vegetables. They are high in lutein. Lutein acts like a blue light filter in your macular. It will protect your light sensitivity.
- Stop Smoking... seriously, it's the 21st century! Smoking is so 1950... well, I did it in the 1990's, but seriously... it's time to stop! We can't pretend that we don't know the health damage anymore. Plus, smoking really affects your eye health.
- For the elderly; if you are above 65, be more careful! But keep nourishing your eyes during the morning hours and the later afternoon. Don't be afraid of the sun, be careful!