For many of us, protecting our skin from the harmful UV (ultraviolet) rays of the sun is second nature.
But when it comes to protecting our eyes, we need to first learn about the types of UV light, and the preventative measures we can take to protect them from UV damage.
So, let the learning begin!
Firstly, there are several types of UV light:
- Due to its extremely small wavelength, UV-C is the most potent. However, because UV-C from the sun is absorbed by the ozone layer, it is possible to prevent this form of exposure.
- The most dangerous kind of ultraviolet radiation to pass through the atmosphere has a short wavelength and is known as UV-B.
- The ultraviolet spectrum’s UV-A has the longest wavelength, which makes it less dangerous than UV-C or UV-B light. Long-term exposure can still harm your eyes.
Recent studies reveal that 5-10% of skin cancers develop on or around the eyelids and that UVA radiation makes up 95% of the UV radiation that reaches the earth (long-range radiation). The primary cause of macular degeneration, damaged retina, and cataracts are due to this.
However, UVB (short-wavelength) light is the cause of wrinkles, eye cancer, and eye sunburn.
So, what can we do to safeguard our eyes from potential damage?
At Vision Works, we will always recommend that when you have an eye test and need spectacles, you’ll need to have them coated with UVC – Ultraviolet Coating.
To stop UV rays from reflecting into your eyes, this protective coating is applied to the rear of your spectacle lenses and can not be noticed.
Our Step Into The Sun UV promotion is a great way to get your indoor lenses coated, and we’ll script your outdoor lenses for FREE.
This is our way of encouraging all our customers to invest in their eyehealth for the future. Click this link to find out more.
When it comes to having UVC on your lenses, there are several benefits, such as:
Similar to sunblocks and sunscreens, because they are UV-protective, UVC prevents the sun’s UV rays from damaging your eyes.
UVC shields your eyes against cataracts, retinal degeneration, and other eye conditions.
Did you know that your eyes can be exposed to UV exposure indoors?
A recent study revealed that the sun’s UV light may get through windows and reach the eyes and skin, accelerating the possibility of complications later on.
That’s why it’s so important to make sure your spectacle lenses are giving you all-around protection!
While protecting your eyes from harmful UV exposure is paramount, adding a touch of colour to your lenses can be fashionable and highly beneficial as well.
That is because tinted lenses may improve your eyesight for both indoor and outdoor activities.
They can be a gradient or solid and come in a wide range of colours and tones.