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Protect Your Eyes from Summer Sunshine's UV Rays

As you and your family enjoy the warm weather outside, the Wisconsin Optometric Association reminds individuals to protect their eyes this summer.  Here are some tips to protect your eye health:

Be sure to check the UV protection level on sunglasses before purchase.  Sunglasses with 99 or 100 percent UV-A and UV-B protection, have a uniform tint, and fit close to the face provide optimal protection from the sun. 
Short-term exposure to UV rays can cause “sunburn of the eye” (photokeratitis), with symptoms including: redness, extreme sensitivity to light, excessive tearing, or a gritty feeling in the eyes. Eyes with long-term exposure to UV rays can result in significant damage, such as cataracts, age related macular degeneration, or abnormal growths.  Consult your eye doctor if you are experiencing symptoms related to sunburn of the eye. 
Children’s eyes have lenses that are more transparent and cannot filter UV rays as easily as adult eyes.  Teaching a child to protect his or her eyes can avoid unnecessary damage while enjoying the summer sunshine.