UV & Sun Eye Protection

Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Monday, May 4, 2015

UV & Sun Eye Protection

As May is designated UV Awareness Month, the eye doctors and staff at Baltimore Washington Eye Center want to share some useful information of UV and sun eye protection in order to avoid eye injury and damage. Understanding the UV Index-and how it varies day to day with weather and location-can help patients remember to use properly selected and fit sunglasses and UV protecting eyewear in order to prevent eye injury. An informative and useful resource is the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Sun Wise information page where they can see their individual UV Index or even downloading the UV Index free mobile app, each of which can help patients understand more about their day to day need for proper UV protection. This is something for LASIK and cataract surgery patients to be particularly aware of because the vast majority of LASIK patients and cataract surgery patients who have advanced technology lens implants no longer have much, if any, need for eyeglasses-they just don’t remember to wear the necessary UV protective eyewear and sunglasses. As we get into the summer months and people are enjoying more water sports, the seashore and outdoor activities, patients often underestimate their risk of “eye sunburn” or photokeratitis, which we call ultraviolet keratitis. This type of eye problem can be frightening, is a pretty uncomfortable and even possibly be sight threatening.

Sunglasses for UV eye protection should be considered more than simply a fashion accessory. Patients visiting Baltimore Washington Eye Center will find a wide range of UV protecting eyeglass lenses and sunglasses available to choose from. Eye protection from UV needs to be complete but doesn’t have to be overly expensive. High quality sunglasses should block out 99-100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation. It is also important to have UV protection in everyday eyewear, which is readily available with a number of UV blocking eyeglass lens materials, specialized coatings and photochromic lenses.

If you or someone you know has questions about UV eye protection, please contact Baltimore Washington Eye Center by calling 800-495-3937, visiting Baltimore Washington Eye Center or facebook.com/baltimorewashingtoneyecenter.

Baltimore Washington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice with office locations at 200 Hospital Drive, Suite 600, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061 and River Hill Professional Center, 6100 Day Long Lane, Suite 207, Clarksville, Maryland 21029, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.