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Your eyes even though they are small are so important, and they have a huge job. They show you the world around us. With the weather starting to warm and the sun shining oh so bright you need to protect your eyes. Like your skin, your eyes are at risk from ultraviolet (UV) radiation. UV rays, come from the sun and can lead to eye problems. These issues are things like cataracts and macular degeneration. In this blog post, we'll take a look at the importance of protecting our eyes from UV radiation. As well as the role that sunglasses and UV-blocking lenses play in protecting our vision, according to the National Eye Institute.

UV Radiation and Its Effects: UV radiation is a type of electromagnetic radiation. This radiation comes from the sun. There are three main types of UV rays: UVA, UVB, and UVC. The Earth's atmosphere absorbs most of the sun's UVC rays. However, both UVA and UVB rays can seep into the atmosphere. Once it does it can reach your eyes. Long exposure to UV radiation can cause a range of eye conditions. 

These can include:

•             Photokeratitis: A sunburn of the cornea. 

•             Cataracts: Clouding of the eye's lens.

•             Age-Related Macular Degeneration: Damage to the macula, leading to vision loss.

The Role of Sunglasses: Sunglasses are more than just an accessory. They are a tool for protecting your eyes. High-quality sunglasses are made to block 100% of UVA and UVB rays. These glasses give a barrier between your eyes and the sun's rays. Additionally, sunglasses with polarized lenses can reduce glare. This makes it easier to see in bright sunlight while also lowering eye strain.

Getting the Right Sunglasses: When picking sunglasses for UV protection, look for pairs that offer both style and function. Pick sunglasses that give you full coverage. This includes wraparound styles that shield the eyes from all angles. Try and get lenses that are labeled as UV400 or provide 100% UV protection. Lens color and darkness are personal preferences. However, darker lenses do not always offer better UV protection. Lastly, think about getting prescription sunglasses if you need corrective lenses. This ensures that your eyes are always protected. Whether you are inside or outside.

Tips for Eye Protection: Along with wearing sunglasses and UV-blocking lenses, these are other steps you can take to protect your eyes:

  1. Wear a wide-brimmed hat or cap. Doing this gives you extra shade for your eyes.
  2. Avoid being in direct sunlight for a long time. Especially during peak UV hours (usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.).
  3. Use sunscreen on your face and eyelids. Doing this protects the delicate skin around your eyes from UV damage.

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Protecting our eyes from UV radiation is crucial for maintaining good vision and eye health. Wear sunglasses with UV-blocking lenses and follow other eye protection tips. By doing this you can lower your risk of having eye problems associated with prolonged sun exposure. Take the first step in protecting your vision and eye health today! Make an appointment with Clinicas del Camino Real, Inc. Optometry Care services now. Let us protect your eyes! As well as guide you towards the right eye care. Clinicas will make sure that protected from harmful UV rays. Remember, prevention is key when it comes to eye protection.