27.05.2010

Contact lens users "still need sunglasses" to prevent UV damage

Contact lens users "still need sunglasses" to prevent UV damage

Sunglasses should still be worn by contact lens users in order to protect their eyes from the sun"s UV rays, one organisation has warned.

A range of advice has been provided by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, which may help people to avoid damaging their eyes during sunny periods.

While some contact lenses may well offer their wearers a degree of UV protection, the academy has recommended that these should still be used in conjunction with a proper pair of sunglasses.

Meanwhile, by wearing a hat, people might be able to shield their eyes from the sun, it is believed.

The body is now set to launch its EyeSmart campaign next month, in a bid to encourage consumers to focus on protecting their eyes during the summer.

While providing representation to a number of eye doctors in the US, the American Academy of Ophthalmology also boasts 7,000 overseas members.

By Alexa Kaczka

by Alexa Kaczka


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