June is UV awareness month
Submitted by Clavenna Vision Institute on June 8, 2009
With the sun shinning longer as mid-summer gets closer, we are all exposed to more UV radiation from sunlight. UV radiation is invisible to the human eye, but can cause or accelerate many ocular conditions. A heavy exposure such as with boating or snow skiing, can cause a ‘sunburn’ on the surface of the cornea. Just like sunburned skin, this may not cause any discomfort right away, but hours later. Over time, frequent exposure to UV radiation, can play a factor in the development of Macular Degeneration and can accelerate Cataract development.
There are many different sunglasses available today. Plastic and glass lenses absorb some UV light; however, the UV protection in those lenses can be improved by adding a special coating to the lenses. Look for sunglasses that block 99-100% of UV radiation. Most of all, enjoy the summer and it’s good weather.