Protect Your Eyes From The Sunny Skies
|Exposure to ultra-violet (UV) radiation from the sun happens every day. Most of the time you don't even realize it because UV rays are invisible to the eye. It is important to remember that as the sun can damage your skin, it can be just as harmful to your eyes.|
UV rays from the sun can burn the eyes, and may contribute to the development of sight-threatening eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration, cataracts and melanoma.
Everyone is at risk for UV damage to the eyes. Some people are at an even higher risk including: senior citizens, contact lens wearers and those taking certain medications, such as birth control and antibiotics. Children are also at an increased risk as they spend more time outdoors and their developing eyes let in more UV rays.
Tips for UV Protection
Be choosy with your eyewear. Choose sun wear with 100 percent UV protection.
Pick sunglasses that cover the whole eye.
Investigate photochromic lenses which change from clear to dark as you move from indoors to outdoors and block 100 percent of harmful UV Rays.
Consider sun wear options for your lifestyle - impact resistant lenses for sports, polarized lenses for driving or water sports. All are available in prescription.
82% of people know the sun can damage your skin but only 9% know it can damage your eyes.