Eye UV Safety Awareness Month

July is Eye UV Safety Awareness Month

How to Pick the Best Sunglasses to Protect Your Eyes

Acuity Eye Center Lahore Pakistan and the American Academy of Ophthalmology offer seven tips for choosing sunglasses that protect against the sun’s damaging UV rays

ایکویٹی آئی سنٹر لاہور پاکستان اور امریکن اکیڈمی آف اوفتھلمولوجی دھوپ کے چشموں کے انتخاب کے لئے سات تدابیر پیش کرتی ہے جو سورج کی نقصان دہ یووی کرنوں سے بچاتا ہے

Sunglasses aren’t an optional summertime accessory, they’re an essential prescription for eye health. Long-term exposure to the sun without proper protection can increase the risk of eye disease, including cataracts, growths in the eye, and eye cancer. As summer gets underway, Acuity Eye Center Lahore Pakistan, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology share seven essential tips for buying the best sunglasses to protect your eyes.

دھوپ کے چشمے موسم گرما کے وقت اختیاری لوازمات نہیں ہیں ، وہ آنکھوں کی صحت کے لیے ایک ضروری نسخہ ہیں۔ مناسب حفاظت کے بغیر دھوپ میں طویل مدتی نمائش سے آنکھوں کے مرض کا خطرہ بڑھ سکتا ہے ، بشمول سفید موتیا ، آنکھ میں نمو اور آنکھ کا کینسر۔ جیسے جیسے موسم گرما کا آغاز ہورہا ہے ، ایکیوئٹی آئی سنٹر لاہور پاکستان اور امریکن اکیڈمی آف اوفتھلمولوجی آپ کی آنکھوں کی حفاظت کے لیے بہترین دھوپ کے چشمے خریدنے کے لئے سات ضروری نکات شیئر کررہی ہے۔

Choose sunglasses that block 99 to 100 per cent of UVA and UVB radiation.

Labels can sometimes be confusing. Some indicate sunglasses offer 100 per cent protection from UVA/UVB radiation, while others offer 100 per cent UV 400 protection. Rest assured, both will block 100 per cent of the sun’s harmful radiation.

Doubt the UV protection label?

Take your sunglasses to an optical shop or an ophthalmologist’s office. Most have a UV light meter that can test the UV-blocking ability of sunglasses.

Buy oversized.

The more coverage from sunglasses, the less sun damage inflicted on the eyes. Consider buying oversized glasses or wraparound-style glasses, which help cut down on UV entering the eye from the side.

Don’t be fooled by the colour.

While dark lenses may look cool, they do not block more UV rays.

You don’t need to pass on cheap sunglasses.

Sunglasses don’t have to cost a lot of money to provide adequate eye protection. Less expensive pairs marked as 100 percent UV-blocking can be just as effective as pricier options.

Don’t forget the kids.

Children are just as susceptible to the sun’s harmful rays as adults. Start them on healthy habits early.

Consider polarized lenses.

Polarization reduces glare coming off reflective surfaces like water or pavement. This does not offer more protection from the sun but can make activities like driving or being on the water safer or more enjoyable.

Even short-term exposure can damage the eyes. Sun reflecting off water can cause a painful sunburn called photokeratitis on the front part of the eye. It causes redness, blurry vision, sensitivity to bright light, and, in rare cases, even temporary vision loss.

“Think of sunglasses as sunscreen for your eyes,” said Dianna Seldomridge, MD, clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. “Your eyes need protection from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays just like your skin. Make sure your eyes are protected year-round. Harmful UV rays are present even on cloudy days.”

آپ کی آنکھوں کو بھی آپ کی جلد کی طرح سورج کی نقصان دہ الٹرا وائلٹ شعاعوں سے تحفظ کی ضرورت ہے۔ اس بات کو یقینی بنائیں کہ آپ کی آنکھیں سال بھر محفوظ رہیں۔ نقصان دہ الٹرا وائلٹ سورج کی کرنیں ابر آلود دنوں میں بھی موجود رہتی ہیں۔

Here is the message from our lead consultant Professor Dr Zia Ul Mazhry,

” Life without eyes is not easy, take care of them. Your eyes are your most important tools – Protect them! You and Your kids need to wear eye-protective glasses because the eyes are vulnerable to any type of UV damage.”

آنکھوں کے بغیر زندگی آسان نہیں ہے ، ان کا خیال رکھنا چاہیے۔ آپ کی آنکھیں آپ کے سب سے اہم اوزار ہیں – ان کی حفاظت کریں! آپ کو اور آپ کے بچوں کو آنکھوں کے حفاظتی چشمے پہننے کی ضرورت ہے کسی بھی طرح کی بالائے بنفشی شعاعیں آنکھوں کو نقصان پہنچا سکتی ہیں۔

About the American Academy of Ophthalmology

The American Academy of Ophthalmology is the world’s largest association of eye physicians and surgeons. A global community of 32,000 medical doctors, we protect sight and empower lives by setting the standards for ophthalmic education and advocating for our patients and the public. We innovate to advance our profession and to ensure the delivery of the highest-quality eye care. Our EyeSmart® program provides the public with the most trusted information about eye health. For more information, visit aao.org


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