There are many easy ways to take care of your eyes; the most convenient is just throwing on a pair of your favorite sunglasses.
The Future’s so Bright You Gotta Wear Shades!
Sunglasses are a great fashion accessory, but they serve an even greater purpose than just making you look like a movie star! Their most important job is to protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays.
Here Comes The Sun!
Everyone knows that the sun’s rays are bad for our skin, but did you know that the sun can also do damage to your eyes? For example:
- Cataracts are a clouding of the eye’s lens that can blur vision. An estimated 20% of cases are caused by extended UV exposure.
- Macular degeneration, which results from damage to the retina that destroys central vision, 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, causes astigmatism.
So, Hats Off to Good Choices!
When choosing sunglasses, look for ones that block 99 to 100% of both UVA and UVB radiation, so you can keep your vision and your looks sharp and healthy. A hat offers great protection, too. So enjoy Healthy Vision Month by making smart vision choices.