The Fourth of July fireworks have come and gone, which means the summer is just starting to heat up. As you plan your next big vacation, take some time to educate yourself on the dangers of excessive sun exposure. During the month of July, the American Academy of Ophthalmology reminds the public of the importance of shielding eyes from the sun’s harmful rays by promoting these helpful tips.
UV radiation from the sun can increase the risk of cataracts and growths on the eye, including cancer. When choosing sunglasses, it’s important to choose a pair that blocks out 99-100% of both UVA and UVB radiation and screens 75-90% of visible light. Keep in mind that gray-colored lenses reduce light intensity without altering the color of objects, providing the most natural color vision.
A wide brimmed hat will only block about half of UV rays, but it will limit the UV rays that hit the eyes from above or around sunglasses. For the best protection, wear a wide brimmed hat with your sunglasses when the UV rays are strongest.
UV rays are strongest between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm, so it’s important to avoid long periods of direct sunlight at these times. If you must be outdoors, do what you can to seek as much shade as possible. This may seem like an obvious solution, but it’s important to achieve relief from UV rays. Remember that UV rays can easily pass through water. If you’re spending time in a pool, position an umbrella to cover the area you spend the most time in.
Here at the Catonsville Eye Group, providing the best patient care is our #1 priority. The professionalism of our doctors coupled with our capable and caring staff, state of the art technology, and extensive frame and lens options are what have made Catonsville Eye Group the first choice for families in our community. We strive to provide the best possible professional care at fair and reasonable prices to our patients in the most courteous way possible!
If you would like to schedule an appointment, order contact lenses, or ask questions about our services at Catonsville Eye Group, please call our office at (410) 747-1221 or email us by clicking this link. We will respond to your request within 24 hours. You can also schedule an appointment online! You can access our web scheduler through our website or Facebook page.
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