Summer is right around the corner, hopefully you’re doing what you can to protect yourself from the powerful rays of the sun! We are often told to wear sunscreen when outdoors to protect your skin from UV, hopefully you know it is equally important to protect your eyes from the damaging rays as well. Did you know your eyes can get sunburn? Research has shown that exposure to UV increases your risk of developing age-related cataracts, age-related macular degeneration as well as degeneration of the cornea and more. So you wear sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun but what can you do to protect your eyes?
The following top five tips from the American Optometric Association and Pennsylvania Optometric Association can help prevent eye damage from exposure to UV radiation:
1. Wear protective eyewear any time your eyes are exposed to UV rays, even on cloudy days and during the winter!
2. Purchase sunglasses or contact lenses that offer good protection. Sunglasses or protective contact lenses should block out 99 to 100 percent of UV-A and UV-B radiation and screen out 75 to 90 percent of visible light. Believe it or not, not all sunglasses do!
3. Check to make sure sunglass lenses are perfectly matched in color and free of distortions or imperfections.
4. Purchase gray-colored lenses because they reduce light intensity without altering the color of objects to provide the most natural color vision.
5. Don’t forget protection for young children and teenagers, who typically spend more time in the sun than adults and thus are at greater risk for damage.
We hope you have a happy and safe summer, please stop by Complete Family Eyecare during any of our normal business hours to view our sunglass collection and discuss the different options and treatments available to protect your eyes from the sun!