Saturday, February 9, 2013

Freshly fallen snow, as far as the eye can see...

Our Pennsylvania landscape with its rolling hills and open fields is arguably never more beautiful than when it is blanketed with a fresh layer of bright white snow.  While the sun seems to hide behind grey skies in the winter months and frigid temperatures prevent its rays from warming our skin, it still delivers harmful Ultraviolet rays which can do significant damage to our eyes.   Research has found that overexposure to UV rays can be linked in some cases to the development of many conditions of the eyes such as cataracts, pingueculas, photokeratitis and even macular degeneration.

The summer months tend to prompt us to think of protecting our skin and eyes from the harmful effects of the sun but the truth is this should be done all year long. Did you know that snow reflection can actually double the UV exposure experienced by your eyes and skin?  

Polarized or tinted lenses are not enough to get the job done.  Next time you purchase a pair of glasses make sure you request a polycarbonate material which comes with a built in UV protection or add a UV protection to your lenses to ensure you are properly protecting your eyes from ultraviolet radiation.  

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The above information is courtesy of the American Optometric Association (AOA).

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