Health Watch -- Fun in the Sun: Protect Your Eyes

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This week on Health Watch, we're talking about making sure you're ready for fun in the sun now that summer's around the corner. Doctors at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas say one bit of summer gear you need is a pair of sunglasses. It's not just about making a fashion statement. It's more about protecting your eyes.

Exposure to UVB radiation, which is stronger on sunny days, at noon or on low-ozone days, can increase your risk for cataracts, macular degeneration or other eye damage. Dr. Vinod Mootha, a UT Southwestern ophthalmologist, says adults and children should wear sunglasses that provide broad-spectrum protection whenever they're outdoors for prolonged periods of time. People who wear eyeglasses with polycarbonate lenses may also have some protection from ultraviolet radiation. 

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May 2006

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