Shading your eyes from the sun this spring and summer season should be a top priority for your eye health. The sun supports all life on earth, but it also can be damaging to your vision. The sun’s ultraviolet rays are super strong, and the majority of people tend to focus only their skin and not their eyes during the warm months. We wanted to share the effect of the sun’s ultraviolet rays and tips on how to protect your eyes.
Did you know that children are even more vulnerable to the sun’s ultraviolet rays than adults? Children have young eyes that can NOT effectively filter out the UV rays, causing their retinas to be helpless against the sun’s power. Children spend the majority of their time outside playing; it is very important to cover their precious eyes with UV protective eyewear. As parents, it is often times difficult to convince your children to wear sunglasses. Here are some tips to help with that:
- First, have your child select a pair of sunglasses they love so that they are more inclined to wear them while playing outside
- Purchase sunglasses that have UVA and UVB protection
- We suggest purchasing sunglasses with polarized lenses to reduce the glare
- Check out clip-on sunglasses for children who wear prescription eyeglasses
- The most important tip, make sure the sunglasses fit your child comfortably so that they actually wear their shades when needed
The sun sends out two types of ultraviolet rays that are harmful to your eyesight. It is imperative to protect your eyes from both UV rays.
The UVA rays are known to pass through the cornea to reach the lens and retina inside your eyes. Research suggests that overexposure to UVA rays can cause vision loss through the development of cataracts and macular degeneration.
The UVB rays are considered to be more intense than the UVA rays. The UVB radiation is moderately filtered by the ozone layer but can still be dangerous to your vision. UVB rays are completely absorbed by the cornea and can lead to photokeratitis. Photokeratitis is also named “snow blindness.” This painful inflammation of the cornea can turn into temporary vision loss lasting 24 to 48 hours.
UV Protection Sunglasses
When you are relaxing poolside or indulging in a patio brunch this summer, remember to block the sun’s ultraviolet rays with your trendy UV sunglasses! Shopping for a new pair of shades is the best part of picking out your summer wardrobe. Just look for sunglasses that are specifically designed for UVA and UVB protection. Your sunglasses should be rated UV400 or higher in order to protect your vision up to 99.9% from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Another option for your eyewear is to add a polarized enhancement to eliminate the glare. When you are outside enjoying the warm weather, remember to protect your vision with UV resistant sunglasses that also fit your personal style.
Are you needing a pair of UV protection sunglasses for summer? Stop by one of our 20/20 Image Eye Centers locations to find the perfect pair for you!