"Wearing 100 percent UV-protective sunglasses is one of the easiest things we can do to protect our eyes," says Dr. John Davidson, NVISION Laser Eye Centers.
Newport Beach, Calif. (PRWEB) July 16, 2014
Dr. John Davidson, an eye surgeon at NVISION Laser Eye Centers, says there are key things we all can do to protect our eyes during the summer months with July being National UV Safety Month.
“Studies have shown that, in addition to skin cancers, accumulated ultraviolet exposure from the sun can heighten the risk of eye diseases such eye cancer and cataracts, a leading cause of blindness worldwide. Intense UV exposure can also cause temporary blindness known as photokeratitis, while extended sun exposure is linked to growths such as pterygium or surfer's eye,” says Dr. John Davidson, a LASIK and cataract surgeon at NVISION’s Camarillo and San Luis Obispo locations.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends the following tips to protect the eyes from the sun's harmful ultraviolet radiation:
- Choose glasses that block 100 percent of UV rays. Use only glasses that block both UV-A and UV-B rays and that are labeled either "UV400" or "100% UV protection." Don't go by darkness of the lenses, which doesn't indicate strength of UV protection. Close-fitting wraparound styles offer the best coverage.
- Wear sunglasses even if it's cloudy. Damaging UV rays go through clouds and can burn skin and eyes even when the sky is overcast.
- Put a lid on it. Wear a hat with a wide brim as well as sunglasses and sunscreen. Studies have shown hats decrease the risk of eye disease related to extended UV exposure.
- Pills and rays don't always mix. Certain medications may cause increased sensitivity to sunlight, so take extra precautions if using those treatments.
- Watch out for sun, sand and water. When at the beach or in the pool, remember that rays reflected off sand, water or pavement can burn your eyes.
- Don't rely on contact lenses. Contact lenses may have UV protection but cannot protect the entire eye area from burning rays that can increase risk of disease and blindness. Remember your sunglasses, which provide more coverage.
"Wearing 100 percent UV-protective sunglasses is one of the easiest and the most important things children and adults can do to protect their eye health. It isn't just about fashion or comfort – it's about preserving your sight!” says Dr. Davidson.
About NVISION Laser Eye Centers
NVISION Laser Eye Centers is an innovative leader in lifestyle surgical eye care with 17 locations in California and Nevada. NVISION is the first provider in California to offer LASIK eye surgery with the Swiss-engineered Ziemer Femto LDV™ Crystal Line Laser. In addition, NVISION is the first provider in California to offer the bladeless, computer-controlled LenSx laser -- unquestionably the most technologically advanced option for laser cataract surgery -- and the first in the nation to offer Avellino DNA testing for an added level of LASIK safety.
With more than 1700 eye doctors who refer their patients and trust their own eyes to NVISION surgeons, NVISION Laser Eye Centers is the Eye Doctors’ #1 Choice®. For more information, visit http://www.NVISIONCenters.com or call 1-877-91NVISION (1-877-916-8474).