Sunglasses may make us look cool, but more importantly is their ability to protect our eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. The necessity for wearing sunglasses year round, especially in Southwest Florida where we spend so much time on the beach and waterways, can’t be overstated. And, because the cumulative effects are dangerous to our eye health, it’s never too early to start wearing sunglasses either. Children should be encouraged to wear sunglasses as early as possible.
Here are just a few of the serious risks to our eye associated with UV damage:
- Cataracts – a clouding of the eye’s lens that can blur vision. An estimated 20% of cases are caused by extended UV exposure.
Macular degeneration – Results from damage to the retina and can destroy central vision. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in the United States.
Pterygium – a tissue growth over the white part of the surface of the eye that can alter the curve of the eyeball. This causes astigmatism.
Not all sunglasses are created equal and it pays to purchase well. Look for glasses that block out 99 to 100% of both UVA and UVB radiation.
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