12.08.2010

Sunglasses "essential" for UV protection

Sunglasses "essential" for UV protection

By Alexa Kaczka

People hoping to protect their eyesight from the sun's harmful UV rays should invest in a pair of approved sunglasses, one source has noted.

According to the Omaha World Herald, the only way of truly preventing exposure when out in the sun is to wear a pair of sunglasses which offer full or almost full UV protection - even if the individual already wears UV contact lenses.

Though the lenses offer a good amount of protection, those who are constantly exposed to the sun must opt for glasses, and perhaps a hat, to fully safeguard themselves.

"In summer, people are closer to the sun, and its light is more intense, like when people visit the equator. A number of seasonal activities, such as water sports and games on concrete, only raise that risk by exposing people to reflected light too," the newspaper explained.

Recent research published in the August print issue of Archives of Ophthalmology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals, revealed the use of medications that increase sensitivity to the sun, combined with exposure to sunlight, appears to be associated with the risk of age-related cataracts.

by Adrian Galbreth


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