Summer is in full swing down here in Texas, and it’s hot, y’all. But we’re going to make it. We believe in us. Even if we can’t go on a tropical vacation far away in 2020, we can still find ways to cool off and enjoy the season!
But are you protecting yourself? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has named July as UV Safety Month, with the goal of spreading the word about how important it is to protect yourself from the harmful effects of UV rays.
What Is UV Radiation?
Many people don’t know it, but UV light is a form of radiation. By definition, radiation is the emission of energy from any source. The main source of UV radiation is, of course, the sun, but it can also come from man-made sources like tanning beds.
UV radiation is at its highest when and where the sun’s rays are the strongest. Hello, Texas. This also means that UV levels will be highest around midday on a clear sunny day, even more so during the summer months.
Protect Your Skin AND Your Eyes
We all know to use sunscreen to protect our skin from harmful UV rays, but we want to remind you not to forget to protect your eyes as well. Studies show that exposure to bright sunlight may increase the risk of developing cataracts and growths on the eye like pterygium and even cancer.
“Many people are unaware of the dangers UV light can pose to their eyes. By wearing UV-blocking sunglasses, you can enjoy the summer safely while lowering your risk for eye diseases and other issues.”
Mike Mann, MD
Sunnies for Texans!
Studies show that only about half of people who wear sunglasses check the UV rating before buying. But in Texas, we know better, right? Choosing UV-rated sunglasses is an easy way to protect yourself.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that you wear sunglasses labeled “100% UV protection”. Our own experienced opticians would like to add to only select glasses that block both UVA and UVB rays; they could be labeled either UV400 or 100% UV protection.
Mann Eye Recommendations:
Gray is the new black. Gray lenses maintain color saturation and natural contrast in medium to bright sun conditions. They’re perfect for outdoor sports (and someday, we’ll get to play then again). Amber lenses are excellent all-around lenses that deliver the brightest field of vision. They’re perfect for boating, driving and everyday activities where high contrast is needed.
Pick Polarized. Polarized lenses eliminate glare from light reflected off water, sand, sidewalks and even cars. Whether you’re driving down the highway or floating in your backyard pool, you’ll see more comfortably with a pair of polarized sunglasses.
Importantly, if you spend a great deal of time outdoors, consider choosing wraparound styles so that the sun’s rays can’t enter from the side. And even If you wear UV-blocking contact lenses, you’ll still need sunglasses! Come see us and we’ll help you find the perfect pair.
See Life Better at Mann Eye
By embracing these simple tips, you and your family can enjoy the summer sun safely while also protecting your vision. At Mann Eye Institute, we love eyes! And taking the time to educate our valued family of patients about ways to protect their vision for a lifetime is just one more way we can help you See Life Better!
From comprehensive eye care for the entire family to laser vision correction and modern cataract surgery, we’re here for you. Schedule an appointment today. So many Texans have decided they’re ready to See Life Better and joined the Mann Eye family. We’d love for you to join the family, too.