02.09.2009

Sunglasses "could protect against blindness"

Sunglasses "could protect against blindness"

By Alexa Kaczka

Vision can be maintained in the long-term by protecting eyes from the sun, a Boots optometrist has noted.

Carolyn Zweig told the Wrexham Chronicle that it is important to select a pair of sunglasses with UV protection and wear them outdoors as often as possible - even on overcast days.

She noted that while bright sunlight causes the most damage to eyes, reflected light from surfaces such as snow or the sea can be "equally dangerous".

The effects of excessive exposure of the eyes to sunlight can include the development of cataracts or age-related macular degeneration - when the cells of the retina are damaged and can no longer function.

It is never too early to start practicing proper eye care in the sun, the Daily Mail noted earlier this summer.

The newspaper suggested sunglasses such as Julbo Looping II shades or Baby Banz - both of which have an adjustable strap for a secure fit - may be wise options for infants and young children, while older kids may be keen to enjoy safe sun in a pair of glasses that reflect their personality.

by Adrian Galbreth


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