Did you know that 80% of sun damage happens before the age of 18? The sun can cause irreversible and progressive damage such as skin cancer around the eye, corneal damage, vision loss and cataract development due to ultraviolet (UV) exposure.
Ultraviolet radiation is composed of invisible, high energy rays just beyond the blue end of the visible spectrum. The majority of UV radiation comes from sunlight which are absorbed by the anterior structures of the eye. Here’s a few ways you can protect your eyes:
The Canadian Association of Optometrists recommend that sunglasses should have 100% UVA and UVB protection. Furthermore, polarized lenses are the best because it does not only block the UV rays, but it also reduces glare better than tinted lenses. Five to ten percent of skin cancers occur around the eyes, so wear your sunglasses even on overcast days!
Most contact lenses now can also help protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. You can get them with or without transitions. Feel free to talk to our contact lens specialists if you have any questions. If you want to know more about the Acuvue transition contact lenses, you can read our blog about it!
Sports goggles are snug and wrap-around to ensure that your eyes are protected from trauma as well as the harmful UV radiation. These goggles can also be made with prescription.
Another way most of us enjoy summer is swimming! There are swimming goggles that can be made with prescription. It is available for kids and adults and it comes with different colour options.
Our office has all these options for you and your family. Feel free to come visit us in any of our three locations!