Hello Loyal Soup People! Last week I talked about the importance of wearing proper sunscreen, which is even more important this time of year. This week I’d like to follow up on that message and discuss protecting your eyes. The sun can cause incredible long term damage to your eyes if you don’t properly protect them from its harmful rays.

Too much exposure to UV lights can drastically increase our risks of eye diseases, including cataracts, growths, and cancer. The best way to protect our eyes is to wear UV-blocking sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat. This is important on cloudy days as well. Don’t be fooled by the clouds – the UV rays pass right through them. Be sure to double check your sunglasses to make sure they block UV-rays. If they don’t – they are just fashion accessories!

Also – never stare directly at the sun. Everyone knew about this rule during the eclipse – but it should be applied at all times. Staring at the sun can cause solar retinopathy – damage to the eye’s retina from solar radiation.

We should care for our eyes all year long – but especially in the summer when the sun is extra bright and shining for longer hours.

*NOTE – Soupermom is not a licensed dietitian, doctor, personal trainer, or anything like that. She’s just extremely knowledgeable about healthy living!! But if you slip and fall while taking her advice, it is not her fault!