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Posted by: Georgia Center for Sight

Studies have show that too much exposure to UV light may increase the risk of developing macular degeneration, cataracts, and growths on the eye, including cancer. Not just sunlight, the same risk applies when using tanning beds. The risk for eye growths increases for surfers, skiers, fishermen, farmers, or anyone spending long hours under intense UV conditions found near mountains, rivers, and oceans since sunlight is strongest midday to early afternoon, at higher altitudes, and when reflected off of water, ice or snow.

Diseases like macular degeneration, cataract, and eye cancers can take many years to develop; however, the risks increase every time we are out in the sun without protecting our eyes. People of all ages should wear eye protection whenever outdoors starting as early as infants.

Protect your eyes from the sun all year long by following these four tips:

  • Be sure to wear UV-blocking sunglasses and broad-brimmed hats whenever you’re outside, not just in the summer time.

  • The sun’s rays can pass through haze and thin clouds so protect your eyes even on cloudy days.

  • Never look directly at the sun, including during an eclipse.

Everyone is at risk, including children and senior citizens, so protect their eyes with hats and sunglasses, as well.

Lower your risk for potentially blinding eye diseases by wearing UV-blocking sunglasses labeled ?UV 400? or ?100% UV? protection. For the greatest protection, use glasses that block UVA and UVB rays. Choose a wraparound style to prevent the sun?s rays from entering through the side. And, even if you wear UV-blocking contact lenses, you still need sunglasses. For that added extra protection, wear a hat along with your sunglasses.

Proper sunglasses are key to protecting your eyes from sun-related damage and we can help you. The Georgia Center for Sight offers the latest styles in designer frames. Our wide selection of designer collections makes it easy to choose a frame that highlights your personality and suit your lifestyle. At The Georgia Center for Sight our friendly staff will help find your perfect match. Call us today at (800) 287-2519 for a location near you.

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