Most of us know to wear sunscreen to protect the delicacy of our skin when stepping out in the sunshine, but we may not be aware of just how important it is to protect our eyes from UV rays. Did you know that it is estimated that around 80% of the world’s vision impairment is in fact avoidable, with some of the leading causes of vision problems including errors cataracts and uncorrected refractive errors.
Exposure to harmful light, like UV light and Blue-Violet light, can be contributing factors for serious health issues such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD), respectively. Wearing eye health protective lenses is one way of ensuring your eyes are protected from harmful light, including UV light and Blue-Violet light.
UV light is harmful to your eyes; in particular it is the sun’s UVA rays that can pass through the cornea and reach the retina. One of the leading factors of cataracts is exposure to UV light, and you may also increase your risk of skin cancer due to the delicate skin around the eyes.
Blue-Violet light also comes from the sun, and in smaller amounts from modern light sources like LEDs. Blue-Violet light is harmful to the outer retina and is a contributing factor to AMD.
On the other hand, blue-turquoise light is beneficial to our well-being. It also comes from the sun and is necessary for your cognitive and sleep cycles.
Wearing protective lenses is crucial in protecting your eyes and maintaining good eye health. Look out for lenses that have been created with embedded technology, designed to filter or absorb harmful light before it reaches your eyes.
Advanced lenses with this kind of technology are able to support your visual health and deliver protection through an aesthetically clear lens, meaning no tint or reflections that may hinder your day-to-day vision.