Summer is here and with that comes fun in the sun!
As wonderful as being outside can be, we all need to be aware of the sun’s damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays. UVA rays age skin cells and are linked to long-term skin damage such as wrinkles, but they are also thought to play a role in some skin cancers. UVA rays can also damage the macula, the part of the retina responsible for central vision. UVB rays have more energy than UVA rays and can cause more damage. These rays are mostly responsible for skin sunburns and most forms of skin cancer. UVB rays can also contribute to cataracts in the eye and corneal sunburns.
Most of us use sunscreen when we’re outdoors but what about sun protection for our eyes? It is important to wear sunglasses that provide 100% UVA and UVB protection when outdoors. Even on cloudy day, UV rays can get through and depending on cloud type the UV exposure is increased. It is also important to know that UV rays can bounce off surfaces like water and pavement leading to an increase in UV exposure. Polarized sunglasses can help in eliminating glare from the reflections. Sunglasses can prevent short-term and long-term damage from sun exposure. Don’t forget about the little ones! Frequent sun exposure in childhood without protection increases the risk for problems years or even decades later.
Protect your eyes! Come see us today and we’ll get you fitted for an awesome pair of sunglasses!