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Eye Health Tip 1: Wear UV Protection in Sunglasses and Eyeglasses

Yes, you've heard this tip many times. But do you know why ultraviolet (UV) protection in eyeglass lenses is so essential for maintaining healthy eyes?

UV protection is needed because the sun produces a type of invisible energy known as ultraviolet radiation, which can create some serious health effects due to over-exposure. We already know that skin should be protected to prevent sunburn and accompanying damage that might lead to cancer.

But eyes, too, require extra protection to prevent UV-related damage to internal eye structures such as the cornea, crystalline lens, and retina. This eye damage, particularly over a long period of time, may be related to development of the potentially blinding disease of macular degeneration and to eye diseases such as clouding of the eye's natural lens (cataracts).