You already know that ultra-violet light (UV) is responsible for damage to skin and hair, but did you know that excessive UV exposure is also harmful to your eyes?
If you work or play outside for extended periods of time, or live in a high altitude or very sunny climate, you are a prime candidate for serious ultra-violet exposure.
Unlike Hemophagia in the movie, long term UV exposure can contribute to the development of certain types of cataracts, pterygiums, and also retina damage. It can also cause permanent damage to the sensitive tissues around the eye.
So how to avoid this? It’s important to shield your peepers from these harmful rays by using quality lenses. There are UV-absorbing materials and coatings for your regular eyeglass lenses, as well as special sun lenses that will filter out both visible and invisible sunlight.
Stop in or call us to discuss the best solution for your particular eyecare needs.
Read more about this topic on the American Optometric Association’s website.
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