UV damage to the eyes can be immediate, such as corneal sunburn, and cumulative, including cataract and macular degeneration. Protecting your eyes today can help keep your eyes healthy in the future.

These tips will help you select the best UV protection for your eyes:

  • Wear sunglasses that block 100% of UV-A and UV-B rays in conjunction with a brimmed hat.
  • Use wrap-around sunglasses – they do the best job of protecting the eyes and the skin around the eyes.
  • Some contact lenses may offer UV protection, but do not protect the entire eye and the skin around it. Always wear sunglasses with your contacts.
  • Sunglasses, especially for children, should be made of unbreakable polycarbonate for active lifestyles.

The material contained in this article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider.

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