4 Ways to Protect Your Eyes During Your Florida Beach Trip

4 Ways to Protect Your Eyes During Your Florida Beach Trip
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If you’re planning a beach vacation in Florida, you should never skip anything that could potentially protect you from the sun. Meteorologist Diane Kacmarik states that Florida is much closer to the equator than other US states, which is why the sun’s UV radiation is strong in The Sunshine State. Unfortunately, excess exposure to UV radiation can damage your eyes and even increase your risk of getting eye conditions like cataracts.

As such, your sunscreen and hat shouldn’t be the only items you’ll use to protect yourself during your beach trip. Here are the following tips that you should follow to protect your eyes during your Florida coastal trip:

Wear Your Sunglasses While You’re Outside

Sunglasses are a must-have beach accessory because they protect your eyes from the dangerous UV rays of the sun. Thus, you need to look for a pair of sunglasses that can offer the right features for UV protection.

You can purchase your sunglasses from LGBT-owned businesses like D.L. Eyewear, owned by Dan Levy. The talented actor recruited the highly respected eyewear designer Elena Doukas for the brand, so you can expect high-quality and stylish frames. On top of that, all the sunglasses from the brand offer 100% UVA/UVB protection to ensure that you can avoid eye damage. You can also add your prescription to these sunglasses to see clearly while you’re at the beach.

Choose Contact Lenses With UV Protection

Prescription sunglasses are helpful for those who are simply lounging around or walking by the beach. However, you must wear contact lenses if you plan to swim.

While most contact lenses can improve your visual clarity, only a few contacts can offer UV protection for your eyes. One of the most requested and prescribed contact lens brands are Acuvue Oasys due to their variations for multiple eye conditions, like astigmatism, presbyopia, and more. On top of that, Acuvue Oasys includes multiple technologies, such as the highest UV-blocking technology available in a contact lens. Another option that you can use is the Clariti 1-day multifocal, which also has a built-in UV blocker. You can see clearly and protect your eyes through these contact lenses while doing water activities.

Use Goggles While You’re Swimming

You’ll need to wear goggles if you want to keep your contact lenses safe or if you want to protect your eyes from the salt water as you swim.

An article by Vogue Health on the benefits of goggles highlights that the pressure and movement of water can cause your contact lenses to shift. Thus, you’ll need goggles that can keep your contacts securely in place while you swim. On top of that, the salt water from the beach can dry out your eyes and create a stinging sensation, affecting your ability to see underwater comfortably. So if you’re visiting top snorkeling spots like Fort Zachary Taylor Beach or Dry Tortugas, you must wear proper goggles. These goggles will help you clearly see octopi, anemones, and other types of marine wildlife.

Limit Your Exposure During Peak Sunlight Periods

If you have limited time for your vacation, it can be tempting to stay under the sun for a long time.

Unfortunately, your eye and skin damage risk can be quite high during peak sunlight periods. As such, it’s recommended that you stay in the shade between 11 am and 4 pm. You can look to enjoy short stays in a beachside restaurant or chill under a parasol by the beach during these periods. Just ensure you are still wearing your sunglasses or contact lenses with UV protection to keep your eyes safe from the sun’s harsh rays.

There’s a good reason why Florida is named The Sunshine State. The sun’s UV radiation can be pretty intense in the area, so it’s a must-have to bring items that protect you from UV damage.

**Disclaimer: There is a good chance that this post contains affiliate or sponsor links. If you make a purchase through them, we may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you (for which we are extremely grateful).

Also, while we do our best to highlight LGBTQ-friendly destinations and businesses, info provided is based solely on personal experience and recommendations by community partners. We hope that nobody experiences discrimination or homophobia while visiting Florida and beyond, but we make no guarantees. Please inform us if you experience discrimination or homophobia while visiting any destination so we can make updates to our recommendations.

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