Insight Into Eyesight: U.V. Protection

You can hardly pick up a paper these days without reading about ultraviolet radiation. Actually, there are two types of UV. One type tans your skin; the other type, which burns your skin, can also burn the retina and cause cataracts.

When we are upright, our eyebrows help protect the eyes from direct exposure to UV, so we need only be concerned about reflected light. Water, sand and snow can all reflect UV light into our eyes. Since there are no known benefits to UV exposure, it makes good sense to play it safe and protect your eyes. This is especially true for sports people, who spend a lot of time outdoors,or on the water. Many authorities also contend that computer operators are at risk from UV radiation.

Your family optometrist can advise you as to the proper protection you need for your particular lifestyle. If you’re as concerned about UV radiation as I am, why not ask us to supply you with the contact lenses, proper lenses or sunglasses to block out these rays

In the interest of your better Eye Health, from the practice of: 


(Hons. BSc, MSc, O.D., F.I.O.S)

6633 Hwy 7 at 9th Line

Markham, Ontario

905-471-EYES (3937)

Insight into Eyesight is a series of short informative articles on eye care that have been published in the Markham Economist and Sun for over a decade. To read more of these articles, please click on the Insight to Eye Sight link in the Categories section on the right of the page.

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