Wearing sunglasses offer more than just a way to show off your fashion. July is UV Eye Safety month and Middletown Eye Care is here to remind you that sunglasses not only help you look great but also help protect your eyes from the Sun’s harsh rays. Without proper protection, long exposure to the Sun can increase the risk of eye diseases such as cataracts, growths on the eye, and a rare form of eye cancer. UV rays can even reflect off of the surface of the water and burn your cornea, which is known as photokeratits, causing you to have sensitivity to light, blurry vision, or even temporary vision loss. However, all of this can be prevented if you remember to wear sunglasses.
What to remember when buying sunglasses for optimal eye protection:
- Make sure the label says that they block 99-100% of UVA and UVB radiation; don’t let the dark lenses fool you.
- Buy them oversized – the more coverage the better.
- Your sunglasses don’t have to be expensive. Less expensive UV-blocking brands work just as well when it comes to protecting your eyes.
Even on cloudy days, the sun’s rays can still pose a threat; so if you want to protect your eyes this summer, visit Middletown Eye Care’s optical shop today. Our specialists can help you test your sunglasses with a UV light meter to make sure your eyes stay protected.