We care about your eyes, and even though we may only see you once a year, we want you to have the tools for year-round protection. Ultra Violet (UV) damage is serious business when it comes to the eyes. Think of what a day in the sun can do to your skin, and then imagine what years of naked eye sun exposure might do. The right sunglass lens protection will keep your eyes safe from damage so they’ll last you as long as possible.
UV DAMAGE IS NO JOKE
UV damage gets more serious. Cataracts and macular degeneration are results of too much UV exposure. If you squint into the sun for years of your youth, you’re quite likely to develop one of these conditions in later years. While we can treat both conditions, neither is completely curable. If you develop serious cataracts then chances are you will need to have cataract surgery and have to have an artificial lens implanted in your eye. Macular degeneration that is sun related for the most part is not treatable.
A cosmetic effect to the eyeball is a condition called photokeratitis. Basically that means your sunburn your eyes they get red, feel gritty, and you are light sensitive. The front of your eye like a fried egg gets fried! The effects of photokeratitis aren’t permanent. Though it’s scary at the time, it usually does not cause long-term damage. Be sensible wear good quality prescription if needed or non prescription sunglasses to protect your eyes like you use SPF creams to protect your skin.
WHAT YOU NEED FROM EYE PROTECTION
Two types of UV rays are harmful to the human eye: UV-A and UV-B. A quality pair of sunglasses will absorb from 99-100% UV-A and UV-B, nothing less. Inexpensive sunglasses might have a dark lens, make you feel comfortable but behind that lens the pupil (opening of your eye) gets larger and since those lenses chances are do not absorb adequate UV-A and UV-B then you are actually getting more UV in to your eyes then if you didn’t wear any sunglasses at all!
If you have any questions about your eyes and sun damage, ask The Eye Doctor at your next appointment. To get sunglasses with proper UV protection, head to our Eye Gallery. We’ll help you find the right pair to protect your eyes.