Sunscreen and Your Eyes: What You Need to Know

  • Posted on: Jul 15 2019
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You know that unless you want to end up looking like a tomato that you should wear sunscreen every time you spend time outside. Sunscreen acts as a barrier between your skin and the sun’s harsh rays, which is exactly what you want. Because you should put sunscreen all over your skin, a lot of patients want to know about what they should use around their eyes.

The Skin Around Your Eyes

First things first, it’s important to know that the skin around your eyes is extremely sensitive and thin, which makes it extra prone to burning. We encourage all of our patients to keep the skin around their eyes as protected as possible, but how?

  • Wear Sunglasses: The easiest way to keep the skin around your eyes protected is to wear large rimmed sunglasses. Specifically, sunglasses that have both UVA and UVB protection in them. Also remember that the darker the lenses are on your glasses, it typically means that you have more protection from the sun.
  • Apply Sunscreen: You actually can apply sunscreen on the skin around the eyes as long as it doesn’t get into your eye. Because your eyes may be prone to tearing if you use certain products around them, look for broad-spectrum sunscreens that contain natural ingredients in them like titanium dioxide. If you can, try to find a sunscreen that is solid because that will make it easier for you to avoid getting it in your eyes.

We always encourage our patients to not only take good care of their eyes but of the skin around their eyes as well. If you want to learn more about ways that you can take better care of your vision, schedule your next eye exam with us at our Chardon or Mentor offices and call Chardon: (440) 286-1188.

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