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Posted: Monday, January 27, 2014 10:00 pm | Updated: 1:39 am, Tue Jun 17, 2014.

(BPT) - Eye protection may not be a top priority for people when they are going about their daily lives, but it should be. Protecting your sense of sight is extremely important and often overlooked. All individuals should protect their eyes so they can stay sharp whether they’re at a sunny park, watching a football game, or simply driving to work.

Protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.

Wearing a pair of comfortable sunglasses while you are staying active outdoors will not only prevent eye strains and squinting - which will help keep you looking younger, longer - but can actually help protect eyes from cataracts, keratitis and other eye ailments as well.

When selecting sunglasses, look for a pair that will be lightweight and durable, so it will be comfortable to wear, and hold up to your daily activities. Charmant Titanium Polarized Sunglasses for example, are made with pure titanium, a hypoallergenic metal that is 48 percent lighter than conventional metals and is perfect for all seasons. Titanium is used in everything from airplanes to surgical instruments, so you know it will last in a sunglass.

To protect the delicate eye area, look for a lens that has UVA and UVB protection as well as a polarized lens to reduce glare, which is much more harmful when it’s reflected off of the snow. Make sure your lenses offer the best visibility possible so they don’t interfere with your activities. Lenses with anti-smudge, anti-static, and water-repelling properties keep the lenses free of debris that can block your vision.

Invest in your sight.

Your vision has an important role in maintaining your active lifestyle. Invest in your sight by ensuring you wear the best in corrective lenses and sunwear for you. Many people need their vision corrected through eye glasses or contact lenses. If you choose contact lenses, wearing sunglasses to prevent glare and protect your eyes from UV light is still very important. If you prefer to wear eye glasses, a pair of prescription sunglasses is ideal, to be worn whenever you are outside in daylight. These prescription sunglasses will provide the best possible coverage in sunlight while also correcting your vision. Either way, one should look for a quality pair of sunglasses that will provide consistent optical clarity throughout the lens, and a durable frame that will last.

Don’t forget to protect the sensitive skin around your eyes as well with a sunscreen that has at least SPF 30. Even if the sun isn’t shining bright the UV rays can still penetrate the cloud cover.

Make a broad sweep.

Sometimes one layer of protection just isn’t enough. If you have fair skin, or light colored eyes, you may want to wear a hat in conjunction with sunglasses on a regular basis. These physical traits are more prone to skin cancer and sun-causing eye disease. Although sunglasses do wonders in protecting the eyes, UV rays can still reach the eyes and the surrounding skin through the sides and top of the sunglasses. Wearing a hat will help to reduce the sun exposure and prevent uncomfortable eye strain.

A wide brim hat offers sun protection to your skin as well as eyes, creating natural shade and reducing strain. Choose a hat with a dark, non-reflective underside of the brim. This will help reduce UV glare from reflective surfaces like water or snow.

Staying active is great for your overall health, but be sure that you are safely engaging in activities. Taking steps to strengthen and protect your vision will help ensure that your eyes will be safe and healthy for years to come.

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