Eye health relies on protection from UV rays


Over the years, we’ve all become well acquainted with the need to protect our skin from too much sun.  However, it’s not just our skin that needs protection and care  – our eyes can be damaged easily by UV radiation.

Too much exposure to UV light increases the risk of eye diseases, including cataract, growths on the eye, and cancer.

Growths on the eye, such as pterygium, can show up in our teens or twenties, especially for surfers, skiers, fishermen, farmers, and anyone spending long hours in the mid-day sun or the UV-intense conditions found from reflective surfaces.

Diseases like cataract and eye cancers can take many years to develop, but we are adding damage each time we’re out in the sun without protection.

The easy answer, of course, is to keep a pair of sunglasses on whenever you’re outdoors. But it’s also important to be sure your sunglasses are doing a good job, and not just looking good.

Before purchasing sunglasses, check tags, labels, or packaging to make sure the lenses provide proper UV protection. For extra assurance, look for The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation.

For proper protection, look for sunglasses offer the following:

  • The ability to absorb and block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB light. Ideally, they should also guard against HEV light.
  • Sufficient size to shield the eyes, eyelids, and surrounding areas. The more skin covered, the better. Wraparound styles with a comfortable, close fit and UV-protective side shields are ideal.
  • Durability and impact resistance.
  • Polarized lenses to eliminate glare, especially when driving, but also out in the snow or on the water, where reflection greatly magnifies glare. Continuing glare can cause fatigue, headaches, and even migraines.

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