29.06.2011

Sunglasses "should be worn over UV contact lenses"

Sunglasses "should be worn over UV contact lenses"

By Alexa Kaczka

People who wear UV contact lenses may find that it is safer to combine them with sunglasses, one expert has recommended.

Those who wear a combination of the two vision safeguards may find that they benefit from extra protection from the sun rather than wearing just one of them, said San Francisco optometrist Clifford Lee, speaking to ABC Local.

He explained that some UV contact lenses now block up to 96 per cent of UVA rays and 100 per cent of UVB rays but it is still wise to double up.

The reason is that the whites of the eyes are still exposed when wearing UV contact lenses, however sunglasses help to cover these bits when out in the sun, the specialist noted.

According to Dr Val Jones, chief executive of Better Health, a network of health bloggers, the dangers of UV rays are not fully understood by many people and for this reason it is vital to protect sight.

by Adrian Galbreth


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