Protecting eyes against sun damage

By: Alex Hambrick Email
By: Alex Hambrick Email

Spring sports and outdoor activities are coming into full swing, and many are spending more time outdoors, and while most are aware of the importance of sunscreen, doctors say it's important to protect your eyes too.

Optometrist Mike Reeder said he encourages parents to get sunglasses for their kids, and stressed the importance of preventative measures.

"Sixty percent of all eye damage happens before the age of 18 so its very important to have your children wearing 100 percent UV protective eye glasses parents think often to do sunscreen on the rest of the body but, don't forget about the eyes," said Dr. Reeder.

Reeder said there are several health issues that can result from sun damage.

"Cataracts, immaculate degeneration and certain eye diseases on the front surface all can be accelerated or increased by UV damage," said Reeder.

Reeder said when you are buying a pair of sunglasses for your kids make sure they are at least 99 percent UVA and UVB protective.

Some contact lenses do have UV protection but according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology people should not rely on them for full protection.

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