Q: I always hear about dangers UV rays, but how exactly am I affected?
A: It’s very important to always guard your eyes when out in the sun, especially during the summer when you are most exposed! Scientific studies and research have shown that exposure to small amounts of UV radiation over a period of many years increases the chance of developing a cataract and may cause damage to the retina, a nerve-rich lining of the eye that is used for seeing. The longer the eyes are exposed to solar radiation, the greater the risk of developing later in life such conditions as cataracts or macular degeneration.
Sunglasses with proper UV protection help to shield your eyes from the rays, and most sunglasses come ready to protect. Always check the label to make sure that they are 100% UV protected from both UVA and UVB rays and try to purchase glasses that don’t leave a lot of room for light to get in or bounce off the inside of the lenses. Glasses that wrap around the eyes and side of the face are best. For best protection, purchase glasses with polarized lenses. Also don’t forget your regular glasses! Sometimes sunglasses are not an option, but what is an option is having your regular lenses coated with a special UV protection.