Wear Hats and Sunglasses For Your Eyes’ Health

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Hats and sunglasses may be a trend but they also offer precious defense – for your eyes.

A photo of sunglasses.While the majority of people relate the ultraviolet rays from the sun to skin damage, it is important to keep in mind that they also damage unprotected eyes. Continuous exposure to UV rays can contribute to cataracts and macular degeneration. Early protection can help trim down the threat of developing these conditions once you are older.

Macular degeneration is the top cause of blindness in North America, and it is irreversible. It is an untreatable eye disease that affects 25% of people over 60, and 40% of people over the age of 75.

Wearing a wide-brimmed hat or sunglasses or both is a habit that should be developed and maintained by kids and adults.

Kids are more likely to put on sunglasses and hats if they are involved in choosing them. The most important thing is a yearly visit to your optician or optometrist.

Do not associate good vision with healthy eyes. It is not same. A regular checkup will help monitor for glaucoma, cataracts and other potentially serious conditions.

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