Sunglasses and UV Protection
Dangers Of Ultraviolet Radiation To Your Eyes
UV radiation is always present. All year round, all day, in winter and summer, in sunny and even overcast conditions. Prolonged UV exposure poses some serious health risks.
Most of us know that UV rays can damage the skin, but many are unaware that UV exposure can also be harmful to the eyes and surrounding tissue.
To protect our skin, we typically wear sunscreen, but we really don't have a lot of options when it comes to protecting our eyes against harmful UV rays. While sunglasses provide excellent protection, studies show that only one person in four consistently wears sunglasses when outdoors. And most clear lenses only offer partial UV protection.
**Today, our practice is elevating the standard of care by offering sunglass-level UV protection in all clear ZEISS lenses. That's full UV protection up to 400nm, the level recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and provided in premium sunglasses.
Eye health is too important to risk.**
Prolonged exposure to UV rays is not just harmful to the skin, but also to the eyes. Over time it can cause various forms of eye disease and accelerated aging of the tissue surrounding the eyes.
Photokeratitis - Sunburn of the cornea due to excessive UV exposure.
Cataracts - Clouding of the eye's crystalline lens, caused or worsened by UV radiation.
Photoaging and skin damage - Photoaging from prolonged UV exposure can include wrinkles, sunspots, freckles, loss of skin tone and elasticity, and sagging eyelids.