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Keep an Eye on Ultraviolet Safety

by Stephanie 14 April 2013 12:24 PM
We all know to use sunscreen to protect our skin during the warmer months, but don't forget to protect your eyes as well.  Summertime means more time spent outdoors, and studies show that exposure to bright sunlight may increase the risk of developing cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, and growths on the eye or the skin around the eyes, including cancer.  

Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the dangers UV light can pose.  By following a few simple tips, you can enjoy your summer activities safely while reducing your risk for eye disease and cancer.
  • Select sunglasses that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays.  Don't be deceived by color!  The ability to block UV light is not dependent on how dark the lenses are.  It is also wise to consider UV block in your everyday eyewear.
  • Choose wraparound styles.  Ideally, your sunglasses should wrap all the way around to your temples, so the sun's rays can't enter from the side.  This will also protect the delicate skin around your eyes.
  • Wear a hat with a brim in addition to sunglasses.
  • Don't rely on contact lenses.  Even if your contact lenses contain UV block, always remember to wear sunglasses, too.
  • Don't be fooled by the clouds.  The sun's rays can pass through haze and clouds.  Sun damage can occur any time of the year, so be sure to wear your sunglasses whenever you're outside.
  • Never look directly at the sun.  Looking directly at the sun at any time, including during an eclipse, can lead to solar retinopathy, which is damage to the retina from solar radiation.
  • Don't forget the kids!  Everyone is at risk, including children.  Be sure to protect their eyesight with hats and sunglasses as well.

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