Door County Eye Associates Remind Consumers to Protect Eyes from UV Rays

Dr. J. Eric Paulsen of Door County Eye Associates reminds consumers that overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays, whether it’s cloudy or sunny, summer or winter, can be harmful to vision and eye health. Although many consumers are wearing eye protection, a majority of them are unaware of the most important factor when selecting a pair of sunglasses, protection against sun damage caused by UV rays.

When choosing sunglasses, look for UV-protection details on product labels. Choose sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays. Skip sunglasses that neglect to offer details about their UV protection. Keep in mind that the color and degree of darkness sunglasses provide have nothing to do with the sunglasses’ ability to block UV rays. Also, opt for wraparound sunglasses or close-fitting sunglasses with wide lenses that protect your eyes from every angle.

Often overlooked is the increased importance of UV protection for children. Children’s eyes are more susceptible to UV and high-energy visible radiation than adult eyes because the lens inside a child’s eye is less capable of filtering these high-energy rays. Because the effects of solar radiation are cumulative, it’s important to develop good eye protection habits early.

Door County Eye Associates is located at 165 North Third Ave. in Sturgeon Bay.

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