Vision health is an important topic of discussion. We can often take our eyesight for granted until we experience discomfort or even loss of vision. However that may be too late to begin taking care of our eyes. Preventive care is best when it comes to protecting our eyes form UV rays.
What Should You Do?
Have fun in the sun, but remember to protect your eyes!
- Wear myeyesunshields whenever you are tanning on the beach or in a tanning booth.
- Wear the right kind of sunglasses and a broad-rimmed hat whenever stepping outside, even when it is overcast. Don’t be fooled by a cloudy day, as the sun’s rays can still inflict damage through the clouds.
- Ask your eye care professional. Sunglasses don’t necessarily mean UV protection. It is a myth that tinted glasses or all sunglasses protect you from UV exposure. UV protection is not a function of the color of the lens but of the material used or treatment applied. Therefore some clear lenses can protect you from harmful UV exposure too.
- Wear sunglasses that block 100 percent of UV-A and UV-B rays. To check whether your eyewear provides the necessary UV protection, have your eye care professional measure your lenses for UV absorption. The UV meter takes only a few seconds to read and will ensure that you have appropriate UV protective eyewear.
- Don’t forget protection for the kids. Children are more vulnerable to dangerous UV rays and it is especially important for them to wear hats and sunglasses. Keep children away from the sun between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. when the sun’s ultraviolet rays are the strongest.
- Getting a comprehensive eye exam yearly is another important step you can take to help monitor and protect your vision health from UV rays. Early detection is crucial in preventing and treating eye diseases and conditions.