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4 Ways to Keep Your Eyes Off Sun Damage

Posted on August 11, 2015 in Vision Health

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Summertime rays may be calling your name, but did you know you put your eyes at risk every time you bask in the sun's glow?

Cataracts, vision loss and eyelid cancer are just a few of the eye ailments caused by sun damage.

This is because the sun releases UV radiation, an invisible wavelength that can damage your eyes.

There are 2 types of UV Rays to keep your eyes on:

1. Ultraviolet A (UVA) Rays damage the macula located at the back of your eye.

2. Ultraviolet B (UVB) Rays harm the cornea and lens located at the front of your eye.

Here's how you can protect your eyes from UV rays:

1. Rock the frames.

Sunglasses are your eye's best defense against sun damage. Make sure your shades are fit for the job. Your lens should have UV400 protection and have polarized lenses. And remember: bigger is always better for UV blockage.

Did you know that some insurance providers cover prescription sunglasses? Learn what our DeltaVision® plans can do for you.

2. “Hats on” to protection.

Hats with a 3-inch brim can guard your eyes and eyelids against 50% of all UVB rays. Plus it's a chance to make a style statement!

3. Slather on the 'screen.

Sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher can protect the skin surrounding your eyes that are not yet covered by your sunglasses or hat.

4. Seek some shade.

UV rays are at their peak between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. When possible, make sure to stay out of direct sunlight during those hours.

Whether it's a favorite SPF product or a basic beach umbrella, tell us how you keep your eyes safe in the summer below!