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The list of risks is extensive. Unfortunately, awareness of these risks is not so extensive, says optometrist Stephen Taylor. “Studies show that barely one in six say that eye health was the reason for wearing sunglasses. The majority believe that sunglasses are best suited to cutting glare.”

Even if we’re aware of potential eye health problems, the summer activities we all enjoy can heighten our risks in ways we don’t expect. Hiking, swimming and other water sports, and outdoor sports such as golf can have unexpected effects on our eye health.

Hiking

“Don’t forget that, when hiking at higher altitudes, the air is thinner so there is more UV radiation,” says Taylor. UV radiation jumps by 4 percent for every 1,000 ft (305 m) of elevation. For example, hiking a 20,000 ft (6,000 m) mountain would expose you to 80 percent more UV radiation compared to taking a walk at sea level.

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