Health Watch -- Watch Your Eyes: Sunglasses

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This week on Health Watch, were talking about protecting your eyes and your vision. Weve discussed using protective eyewear at work or when doing dangerous jobs around the house, but theres a kind of protective lenses you should be wearing just about every day: sunglasses.

Dr. V. Vinod Mootha, an ophthalmologist at  UT Southwestern Medical Center, says adults and children should wear sunglasses whenever theyre outdoors in daylight. Exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun may cause the formation of vision-obscuring tissue over the cornea. It also may increase the risk for some kinds of cataracts and for macular degeneration.

Look for sunglasses with lenses that protect against UVA and UVB radiation and wear them daily   even if its not summer.


November 2006

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