UV Exposure & Your Eyes: Protect Yourself With Prescription Safety Glasses
With summer in full force, you are most likely spending more time outdoors. That means more sun exposure on your eyes, which carries the risk of UV radiation damaging your eyes if you aren’t wearing the proper protection.
At SafeVision® we provide prescription safety glasses that will effectively protect your eyes from harmful UV radiation produced by the sun and other sources.
Why Protect Your Eyes?
Long-term exposure to UV light can cause your eyes to develop a number of problems, including:
- Cataracts: A clouding of the eye’s lenses, causing blurry, cloudy vision.
- Macular degeneration: Deterioration of the central portion of the retina, causing vision loss.
- Pterygium: Also known as “Surfer’s Eye”, the growth of pink, fleshy tissue over the eye that can cause vision problems.
UV protection isn’t just for athletes or those who spend a lot of time outdoors. Even workers like welders need UV protection to protect their eyes from the UV light emitted from the welding arc and flash burn.
Flash burns, or welders’ eye, can also develop from the sun reflecting off water or snow, tanning beds or lamps, and direct sunlight.
Not All Sunglasses Are Created Equal
You may think that your store-bought fashion sunglasses will protect your eyes from UV light, but these glasses often only meet the minimal requirement for UV protection.
Only prescription safety glasses with polycarbonate lenses have the UV protection to keep your eyes safe long-term, both indoors and out.
In addition to UV protection, prescription safety glasses protect your eyes from impact, debris, and other hazards.