Sun Exposure:
Simple Facts for All of Us

Depending upon where you live, sun season has already started or will soon be starting. With May being Ultraviolet (UV) Awareness Month, I wanted to share some of the simple facts about how solar damage occurs and what you can do to protect your eyes this summer and year round.

Protecting your skin from the sun's damaging rays is important, but too often people tend to overlook the risks of the sun's damaging rays on their eyes. UV light is a known causative agent in the development of skin cancer and approximately 5-10% of all skin cancers occur on the eyelids and the delicate tissues surrounding the eyes. UV light is also a contributor in the development of cataracts. High Energy Visible (HEV) light is the highly damaging light from the sun that is cited as major contributor in the development of macular degeneration.

The same advice for protecting your skin holds true for protecting your eyes from the sun. Limit your exposure to the sun. In addition, when outside wear a broad brimmed hat to deflect the sun's rays away from your face and eyes and always wear sun glasses. You may think that sunglasses are a fashion statement; however wearing sunglasses is an important part of your defense against solar effects on your eyes.

Always purchase sunglasses that provide UV protection and inhibit glare. For prescription sunglasses, consider the very best lenses like Coppertone Polarized Sun Lenses. These lenses offer the most advanced protection from UV/HEV rays and allow for the sharpest vision outdoors. Coppertone is a known leader in sunscreen for our skin and now for eyes as well. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends Coppertone lenses as an effective UV filter for the eyes and the surrounding skin.

These are just some of the basics to help guide you in providing maximum protection for your eyes, while enjoying lots of fun in the sun. Have a fun and sun-safe summer!

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