UV LIGHT CAN CAUSE SERIOUS EYE DAMAGE LIKE CATARACTS
What can you do?
• Avoid sources for UV radiation. Don’t stare directly at the sun. Be aware of reflections from snow, water, sand and pavement.
• Protect your peepers! Wear sunglasses that are 100% UV blocking against both UVA and UVB rays.
• Stay informed. Check out the UV Canada smartphone app for up-to-date info on UV radiation in your location. Have regular eye exams to monitor eye health.
• Keep out of direct sunlight between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., when the sun’s rays are strongest.
• Children are at high risk. Keep children younger than six months out of direct sunlight, ensure children of all ages wear sunglasses and sun hats when outside and consider using a canopy or umbrella as a sun-shield when at the beach or in the back yard.
• Recognize the symptoms. If you’re experiencing immediate pain, an inflamed cornea, or an aversion to light, see your doctor of optometry right away.
Your doctor of optometry can make specific recommendations to ensure your eyes are well-protected and to fit you with your perfect pair of sunglasses. Booking a comprehensive eye exam can identify early onset of eye-health conditions related to UV that may not have apparent symptoms. Book an eye exam with Cole Harbour Optometry by phone or online anytime. We love to love your eyes! http://bit.ly/2wFYFpH
For 22 years Dr. Amy Manchanda has been a practicing optometrist. With a passion for eye health and how it affects nutrition, Dr. Manchanda offers counselling for holistic treatment of a number of common eye conditions.