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The sunny skies of Florida are a big reason why so many of us enjoy living in and visiting the area. However, our sunny climate also has its risks when it comes to our eye health. May is Ultraviolet Awareness Month and SNEAD Eye Group wants to make sure you are protected from the risks of over exposure to the sun’s harmful UV radiation.

Most of us are familiar with the risks from sunburn and skin cancer, however, our eyes are also susceptible to UV radiation with an increase in the chance of developing cataracts, macular degeneration, and even damage to the retina.
Pingueculae and pterygia, growths on the eye’s surface which can become unsightly and cause corneal problems and distorted vision, can be caused by over exposure.  Certain drugs can also increase your sensitivity to UV radiation.

The American Ophthalmology Association recommends wearing quality sunglasses that offer UV protection. To provide adequate protection, sunglasses should:

• Block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation.
• Screen out 75 to 90 percent of visible light.
• Be perfectly matched in color and free of distortion and imperfection.
• Have lenses that are gray for proper color recognition.

SNEAD Eye Group recommends seeing your eye doctor for an annual comprehensive eye examination as a good way to monitor your eye health, maintain good vision and keep track of your solar radiation protection needs, as well as new advances in eye protection. Call us today and protect your eyes for tomorrow.

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