And for the eyes of everyone
you care about
If you think skiers, fishermen, surfers, lifeguards and farmers – people who spend a lot of time in the mid-day sun under particularly intense ultraviolet ray conditions (UVA and UVB) – are the only ones who have to protect their eyes, think again.
We are all subject to eye-related conditions caused or affected by sun exposure, like cataracts, macular degeneration, cancers and retinal damage, and we need to take precautions, regardless of age or occupation.
In all cases, your first line of defense is to wear UV-blocking sunglasses, followed closely by broad-brimmed hats whenever you're outside. Finding a broad-brimmed hat is no problem, so you're on your own with that one, but make sure you keep these simple tips in mind when it comes to sunglasses:
- Skip the shades that provide protection in the 90th percentile. Go for 100% UV absorption – and always check the label to make sure.
- Don't be fooled by how dark the glasses look or how expensive they are – again, look at the label. Even expensive sunglasses don't always provide full UV protection.
- If you wear contact lenses, they may not protect your eyes from UV light. Some but not all contacts are available with UV protection. If you do not have contact lenses that absorb UV light, you need to protect your eyes with non-prescription sunglasses.
- And don't think you are safe on a cloudy day because the sun's rays can easily pass through haze and thin clouds.
So get your hat on, adjust your sunglasses and get out there – and don't forget the sunscreen!
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