Monday, 15 October 2012

U are Vulnerable

You may be aware of the dangers of UV exposure to your skin, but are you aware that your eyes are vulnerable to UV damage anytime of the day, anytime of the year?

U are Vulnerable to UV damage all times of day, all year round. This summer, always use UV protective lenses in combination with other UV protection measures such as remaining in the shade, wearing a hat and sunscreen.

Accumulated UV exposure to your eyes can lead to cataracts, macular degeneration (a leading cause of blindness), pterygium (a fleshy growth on the eye), solar keratopathy, and skin cancer of the eyelids and around the eyes.

Even short bursts of unprotected UV exposure can lead to eye pain, irritation and sensitivity to light. All UV eye exposure, regardless of how short, adds up in the long term.

UV radiation levels are three times higher during summer than in winter. Higher levels of UV are also experienced at high altitudes such as at ski fields and when light is reflected off a surface such as water or snow.

It is important to wear suitable UV protective lenses all the time and have your
eyes tested regularly or as advised by your Optometrist.

Adding a UV protective coating to your prescription lenses, buying prescription sunglasses with back surface UV protection or buying sunglasses that can be worn over your glasses is a great way to reduce your UV exposure. Some contact lenses also have built-in UV protection, but it is recommended that you still wear sunglasses over the top to protect the rest of the eye.

Come in and see us at theeyecarecompany to speak to us more about how to protect your eyes and your vision from harmful UV damage. 

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