Summer Initiatives: Sun Safety

/ 20/07/2012 /

Summer’s here, and the sun is blaring! Sunscreen and sunglasses should be a habit – one that we in the healthcare industry can encourage – as the sun emits UV (ultraviolet) rays that can harm skin and damage eyes on these long July days. 

Prevent Blindness America is a volunteer organization founded in 1908 dedicated to eye health and safety. As part of their awareness campaigns, they have designated July as UV Safety Month, and August as Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Keeping Eyes Safe from UV Rays

 

UV rays have been linked to skin cancer, cataracts, and macular degeneration. Here are other facts to help increase UV ray awareness.

  1. Both UV-A and UV-B are dangerous to eyes. UV-A rays can penetrate deep into the eye, while UV-B can damage the front or surface of the eye.
  2. Polycarbonate is the best choice for glasses. They are the most impact-resistant and should be the first choice for children’s eyewear.
  3. Corneal sunburn, or photokeratitis, is the most immediate danger to children’s eyes. Extreme overexposure to UV rays can burn kids’ eyes, which can be painful and can cause temporary vision loss.
  4. Sunglasses need to filter out 99 ~ 100% of both UV-A and UV-B rays to be effective. 90% is not good enough. Even if the label says, “Blocks harmful UV” or something similar, read on to see how much it actually blocks.
  5. Water and sand intensify UV rays. They bounce off bright surfaces. Sunscreens, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat will provide the maximum protection, especially at the beach or pool.
  6. Peak sun hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Staying indoors during that time is ideal, but if not, a wide-brimmed hat can cut exposure to UV rays in half.

For your protection, Re:Sourxe carries a Physician Endorsed line of hats and eyewear with the highest UVF rating on the market (pictured above). To learn more about these Physician Endorsed products, please click here.

 

For further information on vision research, screenings and programs, as well as info sheets on eye health and safety, please visit the Prevent Blindness America website at http://www.preventblindness.org/.