sunglasses.jpgWe all know that the sun can damage our skin causing skin cancer, so we wear plenty of sunscreen. But did you know that protecting your eyes from the sun can decrease your risk of developing serious vision issues such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration? Here's what you need to know.

sunglasses.jpgThe lazy days of summer are coming -- but it's important to not get lax about eye health, especially during the warmer months. This is the time of year when people spend the greatest amount of time outdoors. While they often think to protect their skin against the summer sun, many are unaware of the risks to eyes that exist without proper protection.

According to the New England Eye Institute, while nearly 80 percent of consumers are aware that the sun's harmful rays can cause skin cancer; only five percent know it can harm their eyes.

For prescription eyeglass wearers, glare is also a significant issue. If you wear regular clear lenses, the sun's glare can cause you to squint and strain your eyes -- making it difficult to see objects clearly in bright light. Proper eye protection can help decrease your risk of developing serious vision issues, such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration - the leading causes of blindness. And because the damage is cumulative, it's never too early or too late to start protecting your eyes.

People can take care to reduce the glare their eyes endure and to block harmful UV rays. Purchase some good sun glasses and be sure to wear them whenever you are outside in the sun. This simple step can greatly improve their  eye health.


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