The Eyes Have It

It’s summer time.  Grab a reusable bottle filled with water, throw on those UV-A/UV-B protective sunglasses and get outside!

According to the EPA “exposure to UV radiation has cumulative effects on the yes.  Damage today leads to eye problems tomorrow.  The EPA has produced a brochure to help you “Prevent Eye Damage.”  You will find information regarding:

  • Potential effects of UV radiation on eyes
  • Statistics related to cataracts
  • How to protect your eyes
  • Teaches children and their caregivers how to protect themselves from overexposure to the sun.

Some tips from the EPA

  • Always look for labels that clearly state the sunglasses block 99-100 percent of UV-A and UV-B ras
  • Check often to make sure the sunglasses fit well and are not damaged
  • Choose sunglasses that fit your face and lifestyle but that are large enough to shield the eyes from most angles.
  • Find a wide-brimmed hat to wear with the sunglasses.  Wide-brimmed hats greatly reduce the amount of UV radiation that reaches the eyes.

Have fun, but play it safe.

posted by – Susan, Health Reference Services

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