If you have visited the opticians recently, you’ll most probably have been reminded about the danger of UV light. In fact, if you regularly watch television, then it’s probable you’ll have been told about the problems of UV light and all of the steps that you should take in a bid to counteract them.

The amount of eye problems caused by overexposure to UV rays is beyond staggering. It’s one of the reasons why a contact lenses brand is seeing a surge of people turning to their products. Our eye health is deteriorating, and the sun is having a big impact on this.

In an attempt to get on top of the issue, today’s topic is all about when the intensity is highest. It’s by no means advisable to drop your guard during so-called ‘weak’  levels, but you can at least take extra precautions when you know that the waves are strong and pose more of a risk to your health.

The time of both the day and year matters

As we all know, UV rays are generated by the sun, so it stands to reason that they are going to be at their peak in the warmer months, especially the summer.

The time of the day in which UV rays are most apparent is no surprise. They tend to be strongest between 10am and 4pm – which is also the hottest part of the day. In short, if you are out during this period, make sure your eyes are adequately protected.

Your environment can impact your exposure as well

It’s not just the weather that can impact UV rays though; the environment you are based in can too. UV rays have the unfortunate habit of being able to reflect from surfaces, meaning that they can hit you with double the effect, so to speak. Additionally, these surfaces can be far and wide. For example, they react very similarly with water, snow, grass and sand – which unfortunately tends to cover most of the world in any case.

SOME clouds can block UV rays

When it comes to clouds, you really should be vigilant. Experts believe that some clouds are able to block the effects of UV rays, but let’s reiterate the “some” factor here. In other words, there are plenty of clouds that allow the rays to slip through. This could mean that a seemingly bland day is actually full of UV rays, and this puts you and your eyes at an unexpectedly high risk.

Altitude opens up more risk factors

Finally, if you happen to be based in a high-altitude area, you are automatically going to be subjected to more UV rays. In truth, this shouldn’t come as a surprise as you are much closer to the sun.

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