19.07.2010

Contact lenses "can offer UV protection"

Contact lenses "can offer UV protection"

By Alexa Kaczka

People hoping to partially protect their eyes from the sun"s harmful UV rays during the summer months can purchase contact lenses to do so, one source has pointed out.

KXOradio.com pointed out that there are many different products on the market which can offer contact lens wearers protection against the sun, though the website warned that not all models will prevent total exposure.

It pointed to a recent statement by Christine Sindt, associate professor of clinical ophthalmology at the University of Iowa, who said that gaps in vision care attitudes and behaviour are of "great concern".

The website also observed that Acuvue Advance Brand contact lenses and Acuvue Oasys Brand lenses carry the Seal of Acceptance for Ultraviolet Absorbing Contact Lenses from both the American Optometric Association and World Council of Optometry"s Global Commission on Ophthalmic Standards.

Dr Stephen Cohen, an Arizona-based optometrist, added: "Although UV-blocking contact lenses provide important added protection for wearers, they should always be worn in conjunction with high-quality UV-blocking sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat."

by Adrian Galbreth


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