Thursday, March 14, 2013

Sun Safety

With March upon us, spring is fast approaching. The outdoor activities, backyard barbecues, and the warmer temperature are all signs of a brighter season, which means more time spent outside. And as we learned from our blog post about Anderson Cooper and his temporary blindness, protecting our eyes from the sun is extremely important! 

Sunglasses protect our eyes by filtering light and shielding our eyes from damaging sun rays. A good pair of sunglasses reduces glare and filters out 99% of UV rays, which can even protect our eyes from common eye diseases, like cataracts!

Many doctors recommend wearing polarized glasses while driving, boating or fishing, because polarized lenses reduce glare, and thereby reduce eye strain and improve visibility. While finding the right protective sunglasses for yourself, remember that children are even more likely to suffer the harmful effects of sunrays because their eyes are not as developed. The lenses in children’s eyes are clear, which allows greater levels of UV light into the eyes, so it is especially important for children to wear polarized sunglasses while outdoors. 

Wearing sunglasses is an easy and fast way to protect your eyes from sunburn, cataracts, blindness and even cancer, so make it a point to buy a pair of sunglasses for every person in your family today!

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