Shades in the Shade?

by Lois Etienne on June 17, 2011

in Senior Health and Safety

Skin cancer. Wrinkles. Premature aging. Now you can add cataracts and macular degeneration – eye conditions that can lead to blindness – to the list of dangers the sun can inflict. Recent studies have shown that prolonged exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays without protection may cause serious eye conditions that can lead to vision loss and blindness.

Because summer is upon us (or so we would like to believe) and because July (right around the corner) is UV Safety Month, we’re taking this opportunity to urge everyone to wear sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats whenever spending prolonged time in the sun. Wear sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of UV-A and UV-B rays. Buying a good pair of sunglasses is not enough. You must remember to wear them whenever you’re outside. Don’t be fooled by a cloudy day. The sun’s rays can still burn through the haze and thin clouds.

Have fun in the sun, but remember to protect your eyes!

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