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Protect Your Eyes from the Sun's Harmful Rays

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Eyedeal Optical July UV Safety Awareness Month

In recognition of July being UV Safety Awareness month, Eyedeal Optical wants to raise awareness about the importance of protecting your eyes from the sun's harmful UV rays. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, prolonged exposure to bright sunlight can increase the risk of cataracts and eye growths, including cancer. By following these tips, recommended by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, you can safeguard your eyes and maintain good vision.

1. Choose UV-Blocking Sunglasses:

When selecting sunglasses, don't focus solely on the color or darkness of the lenses. Instead, opt for sunglasses that effectively block UV rays. The price tag or darkness of the lenses does not determine their ability to block UV light.

2. Ensure 100 Percent UV Protection:

Make sure your sunglasses provide complete protection against both UV-A and UV-B rays. Look for sunglasses that explicitly mention blocking 100 percent of UV rays.

3. Opt for Wrap-Around Styles:

Ideally, choose sunglasses with wrap-around frames or lenses that extend to your temples. This design prevents the sun's rays from entering your eyes from the sides.

4. Wear a Broad-Brimmed Hat:

In addition to sunglasses, wearing a broad-brimmed hat provides extra protection for your eyes. The hat helps shield your eyes from direct sunlight, reducing the exposure to harmful UV rays.

5. Don't Rely Solely on Contact Lenses:

Even if you wear contact lenses with UV protection, remember that they are not sufficient on their own. Always wear sunglasses along with your contact lenses for comprehensive eye protection.

6. Beware of Clouds:

Don't be deceived by clouds. The sun's rays can pass through haze and thin clouds, posing a risk to your eyes. Remember that sun damage to your eyes can occur at any time of the year, not just during summer.

7. Protect Your Eyes during Peak Sun-Times:

Wear sunglasses whenever you are outside, but it's especially crucial during the early afternoon and at higher altitudes where UV light is more intense. Be mindful of these peak sun times to ensure maximum eye protection.

8. Avoid Direct Sun Gazing:

Never look directly at the sun, even during an eclipse. Direct exposure to the sun's radiation can lead to solar retinopathy, causing damage to the retina of your eyes.

9. Don't Forget to Protect Kids:

Children are also at risk of eye damage from the sun. Remember to protect their eyes with hats and sunglasses. Whenever possible, keep children out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun's UV rays are strongest.

Eyedeal Optical wants to remind you of the importance of protecting your eyes during UV Safety Awareness month and throughout the year. Alongside following these tips for eye protection, it's crucial to schedule regular eye exams for early detection and treatment of eye conditions and diseases. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends screening children with a family history of childhood vision problems before the age of 5. If you or your child experience any visual changes, pain, flashes of light, spots, excessive tearing, or dryness, consult an eye doctor. Adults between the ages of 40 and 65 should have an eye exam every two years, while those over 65 should have one at least every one to two years. By prioritizing eye health and taking preventive measures, you can safeguard your vision throughout your life. Visit Eyedeal Optical for a wide selection of UV-protective sunglasses and expert advice on eye care.

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