Summer Survival Kit: #2 – Sunglasses

What do cataracts, macular degeneration, pingueculae and pterygia and photokeratitis have in common?  They are all forms of eye damage linked to extended exposure to the sun’s UV rays.  When outside (in the sun or in the shade) you need a good pair of sunglasses in your summer survival kit to protect your eyes.

Good sunglasses have the following traits:

  • Block 100% of UV rays (UVA, UVB, and UVC)
  • Absorb most HEV rays (High-energy visible radiation)
  • Have large lenses to cover beyond the eye area or have a close-fitting wraparound style  to protect the delicate skin around your eyes, minimizing lines and wrinkles
  • Bronze, copper or reddish-brown tinted lenses to block blue light (HEV)

Your optician or eye doctor can help you select sunglasses that will offer your eyes the most protection.

To further reduce your eyes’ exposure to UV and HEV rays by up to 50%, wear a wide-brimmed hat on sunny days and seek shade.

What else should you have in your summer survival kit?  Check back tomorrow to learn the answer.


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