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Keeping your eyes safe from the sun this summer

There are many reasons to want to be outdoors during the hot summer months, and we’ve all heard about the importance of protecting your skin from the harsh rays of the sun, but did you know that your eyes are at equal risk of being damaged by the sun?

The powerful Ultraviolet A (UVA) and Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays let off by the sun can cause much more than skin damage; without proper eye protection, long-term exposure to these harmful rays can cause cataracts, macular degeneration, pingueculae 1 and can prematurely wrinkle and age the skin around the eyes or even cause skin cancer of the eyelids. 2

High-Energy Visible Light (HEV light) or Blue Light is a generally lesser-known risk to many.  Blue light can damage the retina over time, leading to macular degeneration.  This high-energy visible light is also potential contributor to cataracts.

Protecting your eyes is as simple as purchasing the correct type of sunglasses.  Be sure that your sunglasses offer 100% UVA and UVB or “UV400” protection.  It is important to remember that your eyes and skin are still at risk during cloudy or overcast days.  Nearly 80% of the sun’s UV rays reach the Earth’s surface on cloudy days. 2

Remembering these tips and wearing the proper sunglasses with 100% UV protection will ensure that your eyes are safe all summer long, giving you the peace of mind to focus on family trips to the beach and backyard barbecues.

Learn more about how to care for your eyes and what Cabarrus Eye Center can do to help you see better at, call us at (704) 782-1127 or visit us at: Cabarrus Eye Center, 201 LePhillip Court, Concord, North Carolina  28025

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