We often hear that prolonged exposure to the sun’s UV rays can damage our skin.
But it seems the sun’s harmful effects on our eyes get much less attention—even though they’re every bit as serious!
Exposing your eyes to UV rays and direct sunlight can permanently damage different parts of the eye, which can lead to serious vision problems or cataracts. Wearing suitable sunglasses is an important part of protecting your eyes from the sun, all year round. There’s much more to sunglasses than color, style, and price: many are rated on their ability to block UVA and UVB rays and sunlight. A higher UV rating means better protection for your eyes. Lenses should be dark enough to protect your eyes from intense sunlight without hindering your vision. Your health professional will be pleased to help you choose a pair of sunglasses that fits your lifestyle and vision needs. Just ask!