Kick Off UV Safety Month With Tips From Dr. Liem


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Welcome to UV Safety Month! As the sun’s rays become more intense, it’s crucial to prioritize protection against harmful UV radiation. In this blog post, we’ll explore the importance of UV safety and provide valuable tips to safeguard your eyes and skin from its damaging effects.

Understanding UV Radiation

UV radiation is a type of electromagnetic radiation emitted by the sun. It consists of three types: UVA, UVB, and UVC. While the Earth’s atmosphere absorbs UVC radiation, UVA and UVB rays can penetrate the atmosphere and cause various health issues, including skin cancer, cataracts, and other eye conditions.

The Importance of UV Protection

Excessive exposure to UV radiation can lead to both short-term and long-term health consequences. Protecting your eyes and skin from UV damage is essential for maintaining good ocular and overall health.


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Tips for UV Safety

  1. Wear Sunglasses: Invest in sunglasses that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays. Look for labels indicating UV protection when purchasing sunglasses.
  2. Use Sunscreen: Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to all exposed skin, including your face, neck, and hands.
  3. Seek Shade: Limit your exposure to direct sunlight, especially during peak UV hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
  4. Wear Protective Clothing: Cover up with lightweight, long-sleeved shirts, pants, and wide-brimmed hats to shield your skin from UV rays.
  5. Avoid Tanning Beds: Refrain from using tanning beds, as they emit harmful UV radiation that can increase your risk of skin cancer.
  6. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated, as dehydration can make your skin more susceptible to UV damage.


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As we kick off UV Safety Month, let’s commit to protecting ourselves and our loved ones from the dangers of UV radiation. By wearing sunglasses and following these simple yet effective tips, we can enjoy the sunshine safely while minimizing the risk of UV-related health issues.

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Dr. Steven Liem

Dr. Steven Liem, O.D., F.A.A.O. is an optometrist based in Pasadena, California. After obtaining his doctorate from UC Berkeley’s School of Optometry, he completed his residency in Pediatrics, Vision Therapy & Rehabilitation and became a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. When he isn’t busy streaming or making Youtube videos about video games, Dr. Liem aims to broaden accessibility to vision health through his involvement in optometric industry and tech.