For many of us, it’s no secret that harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight can damage skin and increase the risk of skin cancer. You may have been told to wear sunscreen whenever you go outside to protect your skin from sun damage. However, did you know that too much UV radiation can also affect the health of your eyes? You may have never considered how much your eyes are exposed to sunlight on a daily basis. Every time you walk your dog, ride your bike, or work in your garden, your eyes are being bombarded by harmful rays. According to an article by Modern Medicine, “The World Health Organization (WHO)…estimates that 20% of cataracts are accelerated or caused by UV radiation.” If you are already diagnosed with or concerned about cataracts, wearing UV-blocking sunglasses whenever you go outside may slow the development of further damage. Even if you don’t go outside every day, wearing protective eyewear may slow the progression of cataracts by preventing more harmful rays from reaching your eyes. Change in vision quality may affect us more and more as we mature. However, taking control of your eye health today will greatly benefit you in the future. Proactive protection today may be the key to having greater vision tomorrow.
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