UV Rays & Your Eyes


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!