Exposure to UV radiation adds up in the longer term. Accumulated UV exposure to your eyes can lead to-
- macular degeneration (a leading cause of blindness);
- cancer; and
- pterygium (a fleshy growth on the cornea).
Even short bursts of unprotected UV exposure can lead to pain, irritation and sensitivity to light.
Protecting your eyes from UV damage
- Stay out of the sun between 10am and 3pm;
- Make UV protection, including sunglasses or Transitions® lenses, part of your everyday routine;
- Ensure your eye protection meets safety standards;
- Wear a hat. This can reduce the amount of UV reaching your eyes by 40 per cent;
- Choose sunglasses with side protection and a bridge setting as close to your eyes as possible without touching your eyelashes;
- For sport, consider more durable, glare-reduction sunglasses or UV protective contact lenses.
- Transitions® lenses that automatically adjust to changing light conditions provide convenient UV and glare protection for prescription lens wearers.
- If you have an existing lens prescription, check that your sunglasses prescription is also current.