Protecting Eyes From Summertime Ultraviolet Rays
Summer is here. Long days, hot sun and UV rays leaping around like toddlers in a bounce house. The sunâ€™s damaging ultraviolet rays put your patients at risk of serious short-term and long-term eye problems but prevention is easy: Wear sunglasses that block ultraviolet radiation. But which sunglasses are up to the task of protecting those precious peepers?
Hereâ€™s some handy info to share with patients when choosing the sun-specs that will keep their eyes safe from sun damage: Look for a tag that says 100 percent protection against both UVA and UVB or 100 percent protection against UV 400. The darkness of a lens, color or price doesnâ€™t necessarily indicate the strength of UV protection, so be sure to check the label.
Thereâ€™s no doubt about the consequences of not protecting our eyes from the sunâ€™s harmful rays. If eyes are exposed to strong sunlight for too long without proper protection, UV rays can burn the cornea and cause temporary blindness in a matter of hours. Long-term sun exposure is linked to more serious eye disease, such as cataracts, eye cancer, and growths on or near the eye. And a lifetime of exposure can increase the progression of age-related macular degeneration.
And consider wearing a hat with a broad brim along with your shades to complete the anti-UV ensemble. Theyâ€™ve been shown to significantly cut exposure to harmful rays as well.
Oh, and donâ€™t forget the sunscreen!
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