Smart Woman: Sun Rays and Sunglasses

Published 07/03 2014 04:10PM

Updated 07/03 2014 06:52PM

According to a recent poll from the American Academy of Ophthamology, a majority of you don't have all the facts when it comes to protecting your eyes from ultraviolet rays.

Certain things can cause people to be more susceptible to UV damage, including:

-some medications

-having a light eye color like blue, green, or hazel


Tumors can develop on the surface of the eye, which can be cancerous.

Dr. Alan Kozarsky says, "You can get skin cancers and skin growths on your eyelids just like other areas of skin. And internally, you can get issues that are related to, um, excess amounts of sun and UV light."

The issues could be macular degeneration, central vision loss or cataracts.

The American Academy of Opthalmology suggests steps that you can take right now for protection:

-Wear your sunglasses even if it is cloudy, specifically sunglasses that are labeled "UV400" or "100 PERCENT UV PROTECTION" which means they protect against UVA and UVB

-put on a wide-brimmed hat

-don't use contact lenses as a substitute for protecting the entire eye

-remember to protect your kids as well

Now, you know all the facts to protect your eyes from ultraviolet rays. Stay safe and wear your shades!

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