Health Watch — Eyes: Sunglasses

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about protecting your vision. With the return of spring and outdoor activities, sunglasses are more than a fashion accessory. They could help save your sight.

Dr. V. Vinod Mootha, an ophthalmologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says ultraviolet radiation from the sun can damage the eyes, increasing the risk for problems such as cataracts and macular degeneration. Wearing sunglasses that shield the eyes from UV radiation, especially on sunny days, at midday and on low-ozone days, can help protect your eyes. Adults and children should wear sunglasses whenever they’re outdoors in daylight for prolonged periods. Check for sunglasses that protect against UVA and UVB radiation. People who wear eyeglasses can get lenses that are treated to block dangerous UV radiation.

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April 2007

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