Sunday, October 4, 2009

Eye care health

You are getting yourself in shape, you have picked the perfect swimwear and have yourself looking great with a fake tan. Now what about protecting probably one of the most important parts of your body? Your Eyes.

We are all aware and have read numerous articles about the damage that the sun can do to our skin unless we protect it properly. Can we say the same about our eyes? Just how many articles have we read about the dangers of sun damage to our eyes? How many of us really put any thought into protecting our eyes? Do we really realise how important it is to have a good pair of sunglasses?

There are two types of UV radiation. UV-A which penetrates deep into the eye and UV-B that can damage the cornea and lens. If you do not protect your eyes properly, you are running the real risk of long term eye damage.

Sunglasses are seen by many of us as a fashion accessory and not as a very important way to look after our eyes. Which is why it is so important to think very carefully about which pair of sunglasses we should buy.

Here are a few tips to in order to buy the correct and safe pair of sunglasses:

When buying sunglasses look for a minimum of UV400 marked on the lenses.
Make sure they are CE compliant. This means that they have passed the approved safety standards and are effective in reducing harmful UV rays.
Avoid lenses which have yellow, pink or blue tints as they will not fully protect your eyes. Go for lenses which have a brown, grey or green tint.
Invest in a good pair of quality sunglasses. Ones that have a good UV filters that can block up to 99-100% of UV radiation.
Whether you have perfect vision or wear glasses. Make sure you invest in a good pair of sunglasses today and look after your eyes this summer.

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