May is Ultraviolet Awareness Month
Now that finally the sun is out, protect your eyes from UV rays and choose the right pair of sunglasses. Exposure to UV rays can burn the delicate tissue around the eyes and raise the risk of developing cataracts and cancers of the eye. If you spend a lot of time outdoors in bright sunlight, wrap around frames can provide additional protection from the harmful solar rays.
Don’t forget protection for children and teenagers. They typically spend more time in the sun than adults.
Most people are aware of the harm UV rays can do to the skin, but many don’t realize that exposure to UV rays can harm the eyes or that other components of solar rays can also affect vision. There are three types of UV rays: UV-C is absorbed by the ozone layer and does not present any threat; UV-A and UV-B energy can have adverse long and short-term effects on the eyes and vision.
Long-term exposure to UV radiation, however, can be more serious. Scientific studies and research have shown that exposure to small amounts of UV rays over a period of many years increases the chance of developing a cataract and may cause damage to the retina.