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Protecting Your Eyes from the Sun's UV Rays

We all know how important it is to shield our skin from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays by applying sunblock to our exposed skin. But did you know that your eyes are just as susceptible to these harmful rays? It is incredibly important to protect your eyes from the sun, and in this blog post, we will explain why and how.

Exposure to harmful UV radiation, even in just a small period of time, could actually result in photokeratitis, also known as sunburn to the eye, resulting in pain, blurred vision, or even temporary vision loss. If the eye is exposed for a much longer period of time, threatening eye diseases such a cataracts or macular degeneration could occur. To avoid potential damage to your eyes caused by the sun’s UV rays, it’s recommended that everyone wear sunglasses with adequate UV protection when outdoors.

Typically there are two different types of sunglass lens available; polarized and non-polarized lenses. Polarized sunglasses reduce glare while non-polarized lenses do not. For optimal protection against UV radiation however, you should be looking for sunglasses with both polarization and 100% coverage of UVA and UVB rays (the two most common types of ultraviolet light).

It may sound like an unnecessary expense but investing in quality sunglasses with 100% UVA/UVB protection will help keep your eyes safe from long-term damage caused by prolonged exposure to the sun’s UV rays. It can also help prevent any immediate discomfort associated with being out in the sun too long without proper protection for your eyes.

While it's always important to use sunscreen on exposed areas of skin when spending time outside during sunny days, it's equally important to protect your eyes too! Investing in good quality sunglasses that offer 100% UVA/UVB coverage can greatly reduce any potential damage caused by exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Taking these steps now can ensure that you enjoy healthy vision for many years ahead!