The American Cancer Society has deemed July as “UV Safety Month’ bringing attention to warm summer days and outdoor activities exposing you to the sun’s rays, also called ultraviolet or UV rays. The sun can cause several issues for the eyes like sunburn on the eye or tumors.
The sun’s light is more intense, and seasonal activities such as water skiing, games on outdoor courts and swimming in pools expose people to more reflective light. The danger for eye damage from the sun is greater in the summertime and important to wear sunglasses that protect you.
Protecting your eyes all year round from reflective UV while enjoying activities in the snow, sand or water that cause damage to your sensitive eyes. Select eyewear that provides full UV protection from A, B and C harmful rays. The dark shades of lenses or polarization does not indicate the amount of UV protection as many people think. HaberVision offers full UV protection (A,B,C) with all of their sunglasses and goggles.
Ultraviolet rays are divided into three wavelengths of A, B, and C.
UVA is the same strength throughout the year and doesn’t matter how close or how far you are from the sun. Cataracts and mascular degeneration are caused from exposure to these harmful rays.
UVB rays are thought to cause pingueculae and pterygia. These growths on the eye’s surface can become unsightly and cause corneal problems as well as distorted vision.
UVC is the shortest from the sun and most fatal with prolonged exposure. It is absorbed by the ozone layer and usually doesn’t reach us. However some believe this protective layer is being depleted and exposes us more to these types of harmful rays.
Enjoy the outdoors this summer with adequate protection for your eyes and skin.