I wrote this review while participating in an Influencer campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. and received a promotional item from Mom Central to thank me for participating.
I’ve been in corrective lenses of one type or another since I was 5 years old. With all of the time I had spent in the eye doctor’s office, I thought I knew quite a bit about eyes and eye health. Then, I spent a summer working with my sister-in-law at a local eyeglasses store and realized how much I still didn’t know.
Part of my job was to help customers pick out frames, glasses lenses, and contact lenses that met their individualized needs. In order to do a good job, I started learning as much as I could about the different lenses and options we offered. I was particularly interested in the information we had about the damage UV rays can do to your eyes.
I think most people are aware of the damage that UV rays can do to your skin, but very few are aware of what harm they can cause your eyes. Here are a few things you need to know:
UV eye damage is cumulative
Basically, this means that even if you are just being exposed to a little bit of UV radiation each day, the effects can build up and result in eye damage later in life. Since there really isn’t any way to know how much is too much exposure, minimizing it every day is your best bet.
UV eye damage is irreversible
While the effects of continued UV exposure may not be apparent for years, once the damage is done – it’s done. There’s no going back.
Children are at particularly high risk of damage.
Because children have larger pupil, typically have clearer lenses, and often go without eye protection, they can be exposed to a significant amount of UV radiation by the age of 18.
Damage can occur even without exposure to direct light.
UV rays reflected off of surfaces such as snow, water, and even grass and soil can cause damage as can UV rays that sneak through light cloud cover.
Sunglasses alone may not provide enough protection.
UV rays can sneak around the edges of most sunglasses as the sides, top, and bottom may not fully shield eyes. Hats offer no protectionfrom rays bouncing up from the ground.
Some contact lenses offer UV protection.
Not all contact lenses offer UV protection, and, of those that do, not all provide similar absorption levels. ACUVUE® is the only major brand of contact lenses which blocks approximately 97%of UV-B and 81% of UV-A rays as standard across the entire range of its products. Now, UV contact lenses are not a replacement for other precautions, but another layer of protection that can be added to precaustions a person is already taking, like sunglasses.
For more information on the effects of UV rays on the eyes and what can be done to protect yourself, check out Fast Facts for Your Health: The Sun & Your Eyes: What You Need to Know” on the ACUVUE® Brand website.