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Ultraviolet radiation (UVR)

What you can't see can hurt you.  The truth about UV.

1.  UV rays can increase the risk of Cataracts.

2. UV rays can increase the risk of Macular Degeration.

3. UV rays can increase the risk of Pterygium and Pinguecula, which are growths on the white part of the eye.

4. UV rays can increase the risk of growths on the eyelids, including basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell tumors and malignant melanomas.

5. UV rays can increase the risk of corneal burns.

6. UV rays can increase problems after Laser Vision Correction.

People understand what the sun's UV rays can do to their skin, but many don't realize what UV rays can do to their eyes. UV (ultra-violet) rays are the invisible, damaging rays we receive from the sun everyday. Almost all of the damaging effects of sunlight on us are due to exposure to UV rays.

The UV system is split into three different types: UVA, UVB and UVC. UVA rays cause sunburn and are believed to induce macular degeneration. UVB are high-energy rays that can cause snow-blindness and have been associated with skin cancer and cataracts. Fortunately, UVC rays are absorbed by the Earth's ozone layer and do not usually reach the earth’s surface.

Nobody is excluded from the sun's damaging rays, and some people are at higher risk than others.  For example, those who spend large amounts of time outdoors are at increased risk. People who use certain prescription and over-the-counter medications can experience increased sensitivity to UV light.

Malara Eyecare and Eyewear Gallery provides evaluation of ultra-violet related damage during every eye exam.  We offer eyeglasses, contact lenses, and sunglasses that block 99% of UVA and UVB rays. Ultra-violet protection does not affect the optical clarity or quality of these products in any way, so there’s no reason not to protect your eyes!


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