Sunglasses Can Prevent Sunburn of the Eye

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A new report from The Vision Council finds that two in five adults don’t wear sunglasses while outside, and more than half of parents don’t protect their children’s eyes from UV. The sun’s ultraviolet radiation can cause serious vision damage, yet many Americans don’t wear eye protection.  

Optometrist Dora Adamopoulos explains how to protect eyes from the sun.  

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ADULTS AND CHILDREN ARE UNIQUELY SUSCEPTIBLE TO U-V EYE DAMAGE AND CAN EXPERIENCE PAINFUL, DEBILITATING VISION PROBLEMS. THIS RISK INCREASES OVER THE SUMMER, WHEN MORE TIME IS SPENT OUTDOORS AND DURING PERIODS OF INTENSE SUNLIGHT.  TO PREVENT EYE DAMAGE, I ALWAYS TELL MY PATIENTS TO WEAR PROTECTIVE SUNGLASSES, WHICH ABSORB U-V RAYS BEFORE THEY REACH THE EYE. THIS CAN SLOW THE PROGRESSION OF CATARACTS, MACULAR DEGERNATION, AND CANCER OF THE EYE AND SURROUNDING SKIN, AND PREVENT HYPERSENSITIVITY TO LIGHT AND SUNBURN OF THE EYE.

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To learn more about vision health and UV eye protection, visit www.thevisioncouncil.org.

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