Most people (79%) know the importance of sun protection for the skin, but only 6% know how important it is for the eyes.
Studies from all over the world have shown that Ultraviolet (UV) damage due to chronic exposure to UV light is a factor in many diseases of the eye. Some of these conditions include pterygium ( a growth on the cornea), cataracts (clouding of the lens) and possible age-related macular degeneration (a condition causing decreased vision).

  •  No amount of UV exposure is healthy for the eyes.
  • The eye is the only place where internal tissues of the body are directly exposed to environmental UV.
  • UV damage is cumulative and often irreversible
  • Almost half of your UV exposure occurs when you are not in full sun and less likely to wear sunglasses or protection.

There are several things to consider when selecting sunglasses. The glasses should be comfortable and provide complete UV protection. More than one pair may be indicated; the sunglasses you wear running to the store, will be different than the pair you use for golf or boating. The style of frame and type of lens vary to the task.

The staff at Westside Optometry can help you make the best decisions to maximize your UV protection and maintain good eye health. They are very excited about a new lens that becomes polarized as it darkens.

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