For some, the idea of getting sunburn and peeling skin after an enjoyable day at the beach is enough to remind those to lather up plenty of sunscreen. But, what happens to the eyes after excessive, unprotected exposure?
Your eyes can burn in minutes if you neglect to protect them. Not only so, prolonged UV exposure in the long run puts you at risk of cataracts, growths on the eyes, and eye cancer (ocular melanoma).
Hence, be sun smart and follow these 6 tips in this two-part piece to protect your eyes this summer:
1. Buy Sunglasses Labeled 100% UV Protection
2. Lens Material vs. Lens Colour
Find polycarbonate lenses since they offer 100% UV protection, whereas acrylic materials vary in the level of UV protection. Be wary of cheap sunglasses stating 100% UV protection; most are made from triacetate and block off 40% of the harmful UV rays. The alternative is to find lenses that have an additional UV blocking coat offering 100% protection. In this case, the lens material wouldn’t play a role in blocking out the UV.
3. Larger Sunglass Frames Offer More Protection around the Eye
Most sunglasses on the market carry the “100% UV protection” label, but how many of them truly offer that protection? While in actual fact, you can never really know, unless you are the manufacturer, but you can improve the chances of finding authentic sunglasses buy purchasing from authorized brand sunglass distributors, reputable sunglass retailers or even from your local optometrist or eye care center. Ask for polycarbonate sunglasses and avoid lens made from triacetate. Choose your favorite shade/tint; lens color doesn’t affect the amount of UV radiation blocking. Last but not least, select sunglasses that have larger frames for more protection around the eye. Examples of sunglass shapes include but are not limited to: aviators, butterfly, and oversized.
Stay tuned for more tips on summer eye care next week!