07/16/2012 09:00 EDT | Updated 09/15/2012 05:12 EDT

Tips to protect your eyes during the summer months

Five tips to guard kids from eye damage or injury during the summer months:

1. Have your child wear sunglasses whenever outdoors.

2. Have your child wear a wide-brimmed hat or baseball cap when outdoors.

3. Keep children out of direct sunlight between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun's rays are strongest.

4. When buying sunglasses, choose a close-fitting, wrap around style frame with 100 percent UVA and UVB blocking lenses.

5. Wear safety sports glasses for outdoor activities.

Source: Dr. Surjinder Sahota, president of the British Columbia Association of Optometrists.