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Tips for UV Protection

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When most people think about damage from the sun’s UV rays, they focus mostly on their skin. However, the sun poses a serious risk to our eyes as well as the delicate skin around the eyes.

It is worth mentioning that extended exposure to UV rays has been associated with significant eye problems, such as cataracts, pingueculae, macular degeneration, pterygia, and photokeratitis.

Follow these tips to protect your eyes from the UV rays.

Wear the Right Lenses

Do not skimp when it comes to protective sunglasses. Choose premium-quality sunglasses that have adequate UV protection in order to help reduce glare from various protective surfaces. You also would like to ensure that the sunglasses you choose completely cover the eyes and the part of your face that surrounds the eyes.

An optometrist will help you find the best sunglasses to shield your eyes and keep up with all your plans for the summer season.

Wear a Hat

If you don’t have access to quality sunglasses or you can’t wear them for any reason, you should opt for a hat. Also, encourage your kids to wear a hat on bright, sunny days to further lower UV exposure. Ideally, you should go for a hat that has a wide brim that is at least three inches away from your head.

Keep in mind that a small brim will not adequately protect the eyes or any part of your face. When your eyes aren’t in the shade when wearing a hat, the brim doesn’t offer the kind of protection that you need from the sun.


A tinted visor is another great option if you don’t want to wear a hat or when playing a sport that keeps you from wearing sunglasses or a hat.

Wear the Right Contact Lens

It is worth noting that contacts that protect against UV sun rays are often classified into two categories: these are Class I and Class II. Go for class I UV-blockers as they provide the greatest UV protection. You should also talk with your optometrist about the most suitable UV-blocking contact lens options for you.

Start Early

There is no denying that sun protection is crucial for all of us, especially those who spend more time outdoors. The effects of UV light on your eyes and the risks of damage from UV radiation grow the more time you spend in the sun throughout your life. And children are more susceptible to retinal damage as their young eyes are clearer than adults. This is why it is essential to start wearing suitable sun protection for your eyes early in life.

Protecting your eyes from the harmful UV radiation starts with the identification of your needs and risk factors. Everyone enjoys a warm and sunny day. However, make sure that you have the best sunglasses and contact lenses to shield your eyes.

Written by Total Focus

At Total Focus Optometry, we’ve spent the last 70 years building meaningful relationships with our patients and their families. From routine eye exams to contact lens fittings we offer our patients a variety of services to meet their eye care needs.

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