What Is UV Eye Protection?

What Is UV Eye Protection?

What Is UV Eye Protection?

Eye doctors always teach their clients about UV (ultraviolet) eye protection. Every day, you absorb UV light, whether you’re out in the sun or indoors using your gadgets. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Ophthalmology states that the transmission, damage potential, and absorption of UV rays in your eye’s structures are vital elements to assess. The evaluation then gives way to effective means of protecting your eyes from ultraviolet rays. Here are some of the most effective ways to shield your eyes from UV rays.
 

Intraocular UV Protection Lenses


A clinical study in Graefe’s Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology states that your eyes have crystalline lenses. These natural components in your eyes take in most of the UV radiation from 300 to 400 nanometers. They protect your retina from possible photochemical deterioration. You lose this natural UV eye protection during cataract surgery. Through the implantation of innovative intraocular lenses (IOLs), UV eye protection returns. These IOLs have UV-assimilating chromatophores integrated into a substrate made of PMMA (polymethylmethacrylate).
 

These IOLs are also known to eye specialists as UV-blocker intraocular lenses. They block UV radiation by 10 percent or about 400 nanometers. Once your eye surgeon implants this type of IOL into your eye, your retina gains reliable UV protection.
 

Anti-reflective Lens Coating


Behar-Cohen led a study involving the use of anti-reflective coatings on lenses that decrease light reflection. Clinical results conclude that anti-reflective coating increases the wearer’s visual comfort. The coating also helps enhance transparency, contrast, and visible light transmission by at least 98 percent.
 

An anti-reflective lens coating can suppress ghost images and glare. It also improves aesthetic appearances as it increases image quality. To achieve its optimal functions, the anti-reflective coating should be present on both sides of the lens. This reduces glare coming from light sources behind and in front of you.
 

Photochromic Lenses


You should not confuse anti-reflective lens coating with photochromic lenses. Photochromic lenses darken when you go out into the sun and become transparent again when you return indoors. These specialized lenses also have UV protection. Note that when you drive, photochromic lenses don’t darken inside your car. You should still wear UV protection sunglasses.
 

Prescription UV Sunglasses


Your eye doctor might give you prescription UV sunglasses if you need eye protection while having good vision. This type of eyewear can protect your eyes from visible light, make your vision clear, and filter out UV rays completely.
 

UV Protection Sunglasses


Eye care providers recommend these sunglasses to those who want to protect their eyes from UV rays. UV protection sunglasses can filter out 99 percent of UVB and UVA rays. It can also block 75 to 90 percent of bright visible light. If you have access to wraparound sunglasses, get yourself a pair. They can shield your eyes even from the sides.
 

UV eye protection is essential in maintaining optimal eye health. Here at Eye Care Center Optometrist, PSC, we are always ready and happy to help you protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. Please visit our clinics in Kentucky, for a walk-in consultation. You are also welcome to call us at 859-208-2020 if you want to schedule an appointment and if you have questions about our UV protection eyewear.

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