UV Safety for Eyes: What Older Adults in Northern Michigan Need to Know

Posted at Aug 27, 2013 | 1,399 Comments

Did you know July was National UV Safety Month? And a big part of UV safety is protecting your eyes. We’ve put together a quick and easy quiz for older adults and caregivers in Northern Michigan to take to test your UV IQ.

UV Safety for Older Eyes

  1. All sunglasses are the same. It doesn’t matter which ones I wear.

True or False

  1. The sun can’t burn my eyes or I wouldn’t be able to ever go outside.

True or False

  1. UV radiation increases the odds that I will develop cataracts.

True or False

  1. Wearing sunglasses can help prevent wrinkles.

True or False

  1. Northern Michigan residents only need sunglasses in the summer.

True or False

Ready for the answers? They are: False. False. True. True. False.

How did you do? Don’t worry if you missed a few. There are a lot of myths about sunglasses and eye health out there.

Here is a little more information to help you protect your eyes from UV damage.

  • Sunglasses are not all created equal. And a big price tag or fancy designer label isn’t the way to judge how good they are for your eyes. Dr. Dennis Robertson from The Cleveland Clinic recommends that you, “Choose sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays. Skip sunglasses that neglect to offer details about their UV protection. Keep in mind that the color and degree of darkness sunglasses provide have nothing to do with the sunglasses’ ability to block UV rays.”
  • UV radiation has been shown to cause cataracts.  It has also been linked to macular degeneration. A disease the experts at WebMD call “treatable but incurable”. It affects the part of your retina that helps keeps your vision crisp.
  • Just as those of us who live in snow-prone Northern Michigan have always suspected, the glare off snow can be blinding. Ophthalmologists recommend sunglasses with a polarized lens to help reflect the glare.
  • Sunglasses do help with wrinkle prevention. Not only do they protect the delicate skin around your eyes, but they also keep you from squinting. That helps to prevent wrinkles from forming across your forehead.

If you would like a little more advice, How to Pick Good Sunglasses  offers great suggestions from physicians.

Does this information change your way of thinking about sunglasses?

They are more than just a fashion statement!

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