TORONTO, July 17, 2013 /CNW/ - Wearing sunglasses on a sunny day is
second nature for most Canadians, but few realize that their eyes are
susceptible to UV damage even in cloudy weather.
"The sun's UV rays are still present on cloudy and overcast days thereby
increasing your risk of developing cataracts, age-related macular
degeneration and other serious eye conditions," says Dr. Keith Gordon,
CNIB's vice president of research. "The best line of defense is
prevention - and wearing quality, UV-protective sunglasses is vital in
safeguarding your eyes from future damage."
To protect your eyes from the dangers of UV radiation, CNIB recommends
wear sunglasses with at least 99 per cent protection from UVA and UVB
rays year-round, even on cloudy days;
if you require vision correction, wear contact lenses that provide UV
protection and pair them with quality sunglasses for an added layer of
wear a wide-brimmed hat or baseball cap when outside; and
stay out of direct sunlight between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun's
rays are the strongest.
Practicing proactive vision care and wearing UV-protective sunglasses is
especially important for children.
Annually, children are exposed to three times more UV rays than adults
because they tend to spend more time outdoors. In fact, the World
Health Organization estimates that up to 80 per cent of UV damage
occurs before age 18.
"The lenses in young people's eyes are less capable of filtering UV
compared to adult eyes, which is why it's so important for parents to
instill in their children the habit of diligently wearing sunglasses
from a very early age," says Dr. Gordon.
This summer, CNIB and its partners The Weather Network, Sundog Eyewear and ACUVUE® brand contact lenses are calling upon Canadians of all ages to wear
UV-protective sunglasses whenever outside. If you're a contact lens
wearer, consider pairing your shades with UV protective contact lenses
for an added layer of defense. For more information on how you can
protect your eyes and participate in the movement, visit cnib.ca/wearapair.
CNIB is a registered charity, passionately providing community-based
support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are
blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and
opportunities to fully participate in life. To learn more, visit cnib.ca or call the toll-free CNIB Helpline at 1-800-563-2642.
ACUVUE® is a trademark of Johnson & Johnson Inc.
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