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July is UV Safety Awareness Month

We welcomed summer and celebrated National Sunglasses Day this week on June 27, 2022. As we approach July, which marks UV Safety Month, it’s a perfect time to grab your best sunglasses while you are out and about to enjoy your favorite summer activities. Did you know it wasn’t until the 1900s that sunglasses became popular and widely used, especially among Hollywood celebrities?

There is much information on protecting your skin from UV rays during the summer, but we want to remind you not to forget about protecting your eyes. Exposure to bright sunlight increases the risk of developing macular degeneration, cataracts, and growths on the eye, including cancer.

What Time Of The Day Is The Most Hazardous For UV Exposure?

The time between 10 AM and 4 PM, where most of us are outdoors, is the most harmful time for UV Rays. Protect your eyes during these peak sun times.

What Are Ultraviolet (UV) Rays? 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ultraviolet (UV) rays are a form of non-ionizing radiation emitted by the sun and artificial sources such as tanning beds. While UV rays have some benefits for people, including the creation of Vitamin D, they also can cause health risks.

What are the three types of UV rays?

  • Ultraviolet A (UVA)
  • Ultraviolet B (UVB)
  • Ultraviolet C (UVC)

Here are some UV Eye Safety Tips From the American Academy of Ophthalmology:

  • Don’t focus on the darkness of the sunglass lens, and select quality sunglasses that block UV rays.
  • Make sure your sunglasses have 100 percent protection and block UV-A rays and UV-B rays.
  • Wrap-around sunglass styles are ideal so the sun’s rays can’t enter from the side.
  • If you wear contact lenses with UV protection, don’t forget to wear your sunglasses.
  • On cloudy days still wear your sunglasses as sun rays can pass through the haze and thin clouds.
  • Wear a hat in addition to your sunglasses to protect your eyes.
  • Never look directly at the sun anytime!
  • Don’t forget the kids, protect their eyes with hats and sunglasses.

By following these simple tips, you can enjoy the warmth of the sun while protecting your eyes. Keep in mind that sun damage can occur year-round, not just during the summertime!

Enjoy Your Summer Safely!

References: American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Optometric Association. This blog provides information and discussion about eye health and related subjects. The content provided within this blog and any linked materials are not intended and should not be considered medical advice. If the reader or any person has a medical concern, they should consult with an appropriately licensed physician.

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