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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Protect your eyes from Ultraviolet Radiation

What’s Your Sunwear Protection Factor?

When it comes to the sun, we all know it’s important to protect our skin with a high SPF sunscreen.
However, we’re not always as careful with protecting our eyes as they are constantly bombarded by ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. It’s true that UV rays are strongest during the summer months, but we need to be aware of their effect on our eyes year round.

The A-B-Cs of UV Radiation

UVA Rays: These rays are absorbed within the lens of the eye. There are no documented cases of disorders caused by UVA, but research is constantly being done to find out the exact effects on our eyes.

UVB Rays: These rays are the same ones that cause sunburned skin. Research has linked daily exposure to UVB radiation over a period of years leads to a gradual clouding of the lenses of the eyes, commonly known as cataracts. Not only can UVB rays damage exposed eyes during the summer months, they can also cause temporary blindness in the cold wind and snow, a condition called photokeratitis.

UVC Rays: These rays, thankfully, are harmless to our eyes. In fact, they are absorbed by the upper
atmosphere and never reach us on the earth’s surface.
The 1-2-3s of UV Protection

1. Protection from UVA and UVB: We recommend you invest in a pair of sunglasses that provides at least 98% protection from the harmful effects of UVA and UVB radiation. Sunglasses can range from poor to excellent UV protection, so it’s important to know that Valley Eyecare & Eyewear Gallery only carries sunwear that provides the best protection from the sun.
2. Protection from Glare: Polarized lenses block light reflected from surfaces like a flat road or smooth water. If you’re involved in activities like water sports, skiing, golfing, biking, fishing, or spend a lot of time driving, let us know. Polarized lenses can be very helpful in reducing glare and helping you see more clearly.
3. Start protection early: Individuals under the age of 20 are the most susceptible to the damaging effects of UV rays. It’s never too early to fit them with sunglasses. We have impact resistant frames for young children and give them a cleaning cloth and a  hard case to help them keep their sunglasses from getting scratched or broken.

Remember, when you and your family are having fun in the sun, make sure your eyes are protected.
Ask Valley Eyecare & Eyewear Gallery today about the benefits of wearing sunglasses or stop in to look at our selection of frames. We have a large selection of styles and colors for the entire family.