How to Protect Your Eyes from UV Radiation
Did you know exposure to UV radiation during the summer can make your eyes more prone to degenerative eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, periocular skin cancer, and macular degeneration? UV rays can radiate directly from the sun, but they can also be reflected from the ground, water, snow, sand, and other bright surfaces. The sun’s UV rays are a clear and present danger when you are outside on a sunny day but are equally harmful on overcast days. So, how can you protect your eyes and keep you from speed dialing your eye care professional?
Tips to Protect Your Eyes from UV Radiation:
In the summer, sunglasses are not an optional accessory, they are an essential prescription for eye health. Sunglasses help you by filtering the light and protecting your eyes from damaging UV rays. Below are some tips to ensure your sunglasses are providing you maximum eye protection:
- Read the label and choose sunglasses that block 100 percent UVA and UVB radiation. If you are confused by the label, ask your Ophthalmologist to test the UV-blocking ability of the sunglasses.
- Purchase oversized or wraparound glasses to help reduce UV exposure.
- Do not let the cost fool you. If sunglasses are marked as 100 percent UV blocking may be just as effective as more expensive options.
- Consider polarized lenses if you spend a lot of time on the water to help reduce the glare.
- Do not choose by color. While darker lenses may trick you in believing they block more UV rays, that is not always the case. Always check the label and consult with your Ophthalmologist or Optometrist if necessary.
If you need assistance, your Ophthalmologist or Optometrist can help recommend the best sunglass lenses for your needs.
Did you know sunscreen can protect more than just your skin? By applying sunscreen to your face, neck, and chest, you are deterring harmful UV rays from your eyes. We recommend applying a sunscreen with at least a 30 SPF.
Wear a Hat
When you are outdoors for an extended period, wearing a hat will help protect your eyes by keeping the UV rays off your face. On sunny days, wearing a wide-brimmed hat can reduce your eyes’ exposure to UV by up to 50 percent.
Never Stare into the Sun
Never stare into the sun – it is that simple. Be especially careful when looking through binoculars or during a solar eclipse.
Your eyes are also among the most vulnerable parts of your body, and they need your protection to maintain and improve your eyesight. For more information on how to protect your eyes from UV radiation, contact ProMedica Physicians ProMedica Physicians Vision Associates at 419-578-2020. To see an Ophthalmologist or Optometrist, request an appointment online.
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