Protecting Your Eyes from Ultra-Violet Light
Everyone has been told to wear sunscreen to protect their skin from exposure to the sun's harmful ultraviolet light, but did you know that you also need to protect your eyes as well?
Sunglasses aren't just a fashion statement; they shield your eyes from ultraviolet radiation that comes from the sun, even on cloudy days. Long term exposure can lead to eye diseases, such as cataracts and macular degeneration.
It is not clear how much exposure to solar radiation will cause damage, so the American Optometric Association recommends wearing quality sunglasses that offer both UV-A and UV-B protection, and wearing a hat or cap with a wide brim whenever you spend time outside. If you spend a lot of time outdoors in bright sunlight, wrap around frames (which are now available with prescription lenses) can provide additional protection from the sun's harmful rays.
It is also very important to remember to provide protection for your children and teenagers. They typically spend more time in the sun than adults.
There are other opportunities to protect your eyes from UV radiation. A clear coating can be applied to prescription eyeglasses that will also safeguard your eyes from the harmful rays. In addition, many contact lenses now are available with UV protection.
Every year there are new advances in ultraviolet protection for your eyes. When you come to our office for your eye exam, make sure you ask one of our doctors or opticians what would work best for your individual needs.