We all know the importance of applying sunscreen before we spend time in the sun, but are you taking care of your eyes as well?
Ultraviolet radiation can damage the skin of your eyelid as well as the cornea, lens, and other parts of the eye. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, too much UV light exposure can increase risks of eye diseases such as cataracts, growths in the eye, and cancer. And don’t let the weather or the season fool you! UV protection is also important in the winter and on cloudy days.
To protect your eyes from the glaring sun, consider switching out your current lenses for UV-blocking sunglasses.
According to the American Optometric Association, to provide adequate protection for your eyes, sunglasses should:
- block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation;
- screen out 75 to 90 percent of visible light;
- have lenses that are perfectly matched in color and free of distortion and imperfection; and
- have lenses that are gray for proper color recognition.
Did you know? Group vision insurance policies may offer discounts for non-prescription sunglasses purchased through specific vendors. Contact ARC Benefit Solutions today to learn more.