09.07.2011

"Many options available" for sun protection

"Many options available" for sun protection

By Alexa Kaczka

There are many options available to help people protect their vision from the sun, one expert has pointed out, with UV sunglasses and contact lenses particularly effective preventative measures.

With summer now fully underway, people will be spending a lot more time outdoors, but it is on these occasions when many people expose themselves to the dangers of the sun's UV rays, said ophthalmologist Dr Amit Chokshi, from the Chokshi and Coluccelli Eye Institute.

He told Jacksonville.com that the best way to limit exposure to UV rays is to avoid the sun entirely, but as this is impractical, he offered some advice to the public.

"A way to protect skin from the sun is to cover up. Wearing a wide-brimmed hat, with at least a six-inch brim all around, can help protect your face, neck and ears from the sun," he noted.

To directly protect vision, sunglasses should be worn, although it is important to look out for pairs which can provide effective prevention against UV penetration.

These include both designer and regular-branded sunglasses, many of which claim to offer 100 per cent protection against UV rays.
"Sunglasses also help to protect your eyes from the sun and prevent cataracts. Your sunglasses should wrap around your face and block both UVA and UVB rays," he added.

However, the face and eyes are not the only parts of the body which needs to be protected from the sun, the expert commented, noting that long-sleeved shirts and long trousers that are made of tightly woven fabric are often a good way to limit UV exposure.

It comes after Dr Stephen Trokel, an ophthalmologist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, recently told news-medical.net that research has suggested there are links between sunlight exposure and some eye conditions so it is important people take steps to safeguard themselves. 

by Martin Burns


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