Protecting your eyes from the sun is important for many different reasons, including visual comfort and maintaining optimal eye health. UV light, which comes primarily from the sun, can be damaging to your eyes if you don’t take the right precautions. Protecting your vision from UV light is essential in order to reduce your risk of developing eye diseases, such as cataracts or age-related macular degeneration. Both of these conditions have been known to exacerbate due to overexposure to UV light.
What’s more, overexposure to UV light can cause discomfort and even sun burn to the cornea, which is otherwise known as photokeratitis. With the summer season in full swing, there’s a good chance you have a holiday coming up. In sunny locations, you should be even more aware of the damage that UV light could cause to both your skin and eyes.
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How to protect your eyes from UV light
The easiest way to protect your eyes from UV light is to avoid extensive exposure to the sun, but this isn’t always practical. After all, if you’re on holiday or it’s nice outside, you shouldn’t be expected to sit inside all day! With that in mind, the next best thing is to wear the correct protective lenses. Photochromic lenses are a great example, but there is more to it than that. Wearing the right lenses to protect your eyes doesn’t just mean one pair of glasses. Your everyday lenses should be adapted to offer UV protection, as well as a pair of sunglasses. This means that no matter what lenses you’re wearing through the day, you are protected.
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Photochromic lenses, or light intelligent lenses as they are also known, are a clear lens replacement solution. They offer an everyday lens that are able to adapt to changing light conditions, with technology that allows the lens to darken or remain clear in order to provide optimal protection and comfort. They are helpful for those who are constantly on the go, or if you find yourself going from indoors to outside and vice versa. However, it is also important to invest in a quality pair of sunglasses too. Sunglasses are a helpful solution for prolonged exposure to the sun, so don’t forget to pack them in your suitcase this summer. Their permanent protection is the perfect answer to a sunny holiday. Just make sure your sunglasses are designed to block 100% of UVA and UVB rays.