Keep Your Vision Strong This Summer with UV Safety Tips from Our Somerset Optometrist Team at Franklin Family Eyecare
Our Somerset optometrist team at Franklin Family Eyecare wants you and your entire family to understand how—and why—to protect your eyes from UV rays. While UV radiation is something we need to be mindful about at any point in the year, it's particularly critical to use caution in the summer when we're outside more and the radiation is strongest.
The Problem With UV Rays
UV rays (ultraviolet rays) from the sun are a high-frequency type of light beam that's actually invisible to the naked eye. Because it has such a high frequency, short wavelength, and high energy, however, these rays can deeply penetrate the eyes, reaching all the way back to the retinas.
Unfortunately, research suggests that excessive UV radiation exposure can damage cells by causing "oxidative stress." In your eyes, this means you could experience an increased risk of certain eye health conditions, including photokeratitis ("eye sunburn"), age-related macular degeneration, and cataracts.
Top Tips from our Optometry Team in Somerset NJ
- Beat the heat—in (protective) style. Wear sunglasses that offer broad-spectrum UV blocking protection from the sun. The sunglasses that we offer at Franklin Family Eyecare come in a range of styles and price ranges, and can accommodate vision correction prescriptions, as well!
- Wear sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and a wide-brimmed hat. This protects the delicate skin around your eyes and face from UV exposure.
- Use caution even on overcast days. UV rays can penetrate cloud cover, so wear your sunscreen and use sunglasses even when it's not super sunny, and ESPECIALLY if you're out on sand or water. Sunlight bouncing up off reflective surfaces can cause harsh glare and affect your eyes.
Got Questions About Eye Safety In The Summer? Contact Franklin Family Eyecare Today
Whether you need some prescription sunglasses or are due for an annual eye exam, now is the perfect time to contact Franklin Family Eyecare. Call (732) 412-7328 to schedule an appointment with an optometrist in Somerset NJ now!