Along with the summer heat comes ultraviolet (UV) light, which can negatively affect your eyes when they are constantly exposed to it. But protecting your eyesight this season is simple enough to do. With the necessary precautions, you can avoid the potential of cataracts, growths on or near the eyes, and other conditions. Read on as Eye & Vision Care, leading provider of high-quality frames and lenses in the area, shares some handy eye safety tips.
1. Wear sunglasses with the “100% UV protection” label. According to the National Sun Safety Survey conducted by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, only about half of people who wear sunglasses determine the item’s UV rating before purchase. Sunglasses are your primary protection against UV eye damage, so it pays to always check their label. Get ones that block both UV-A and UV-B rays, which are generally tagged either UV400 or 100% UV protection.
2. Make sure to choose the right style for your sunglasses. For example, pick ones with wraparound frames so that UV light can’t enter via the side. Eye & Vision Care offers sunglasses in a wide variety of frames and lenses. Some options are available with polarized lenses to reduce glare, making them especially handy when you’re performing outdoor activities, such as gardening, lawn mowing or driving. Because they also prevent squinting, our sunglasses eliminate the possibility of eye strain or fatigue.
3. Remember to wear your sunglasses even when you’re in the shade. Is there a cloud covering the sun? UV light can still pass through the cover (albeit to a reduced degree), so don’t take off your sunglasses. In fact, UV rays can be reflected from buildings roadways, and other surfaces, allowing them to reach your eyes still. Unless you’re all the way inside your home or a building, it’s better to keep your protective eyewear on.
Aside from orthokeratology, Eye & Vision Care can handle your eye safety needs this summer. With our top-tier sunglasses, we’ll keep your eyes safe from damage, allowing for healthier, better vision. We serve the areas in and around Fairfax, Haymarket and South Riding, VA. Call us today at (703) 961-9119 or fill out this contact form to schedule your eye consultation.