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You know how important it is to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays. But after you slather on the sun block, make sure to protect your eyes too. And don’t be fooled by overcast skies. Eyesight can be harmed by sunlight in any season, not just summer. Slip on a good pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes from sunburn, age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, blindness and even cancer of the eyelids.
Go for Maximum Protection
For expert advice on the best way to prevent sun damage to the eyes, we went to Dr. Michael Johnson, a VSP doctor at Eagle Vision Eye Care in Sacramento, CA. Dr. Johnson said, "Many people don't realize the importance of protecting their eyes from the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays. Although you can't see it, you should always protect your eyes from overexposure to UV radiation. Even on a cloudy day, UV light from the sun can cause sunburn on the cornea of your eyes. It can also cause blurred vision, redness, and irritation."
Before Heading Outdoors:
Don't Forget the Kids
Children and teens also need to protect their eyes from the sun. Dr. Johnson explained, "We get 75-80% of our UV exposure before we turn 18, so it's especially important that kids wear sunglasses from an early age." For tips on buying kids' sunglasses, visit Make Sunglasses as Common as Sunscreen for Kids.
Stylin' Shades: Choose the Best Sunglasses for You
You want sunglasses that are fashionable—but they should also provide maximum UV protection for your eyes and fit your lifestyle. Dr. Johnson offers these tips for finding the right ones for you.
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