Tips for protecting your eyes this summer

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WTHR) — Wednesday is National Sunglasses Day, but what are the health benefits of wearing sunglasses during the summer?

Dr. Amanda Gosch, an Optometrist at IU Health and other eye care professionals suggest wearing sunglasses to reduce the risk of eye conditions that can be caused by exposure to UV radiation, such as cataracts and macular degeneration.

Gosch says the No. 1 thing to look for is UV protection.

“UV protection protects against the sun’s harmful rays that can cause damage to the eyes,” she said.

Experts recommend looking for the sunglasses that block out between 99 and 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays.

One result of that sun damage is skin cancer — not only on the face, but also in the whites of the eyes.

The good news is UV protection in sunglass lenses isn’t about the cost or the color, but the coating. It’s a certain type of coating on the lens that provides protection. That coating is on many pairs of both designer frames that cost hundreds of dollars, and frames you can find at a gas station for less than $10.

Gosch also recommends glasses with larger frames with a thicker arm on the sides for more coverage.

And for kids, if they aren’t going for sunglasses some sunny days, make sure they have a wide brimmed hat to protect their eyes.


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