Question: How Do You Protect Your Eyes From UV Light?

Wear Sunglasses and a Brimmed Hat

A wide brimmed hat or cap will block about half of UV rays.

A brimmed hat or cap can also limit UV rays that hit the eyes from above or around glasses.

Eyewear that absorbs UV rays gives you the most protection.

How can you protect your eyes from UV rays?

Choose high-quality sunglasses with adequate UV protection to help reduce glare from protective surfaces. Wear the right frames. While most sunglasses can help block UV rays from entering through the lenses, you might consider frame style with ample coverage (think wrap-around sunglasses).

What damage does UV light do to eyes?

UV rays may lead to macular degeneration, a leading cause of vision loss for older Americans. UV rays, especially UV-B rays, may also cause some kinds of cataracts. A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, the part of the eye that focuses the light we see.

Do hats protect eyes from sun?

Sun damage to eyes can occur anytime during the year, not just in the summertime, so be sure to wear UV-blocking sunglasses and broad-brimmed hats whenever you’re outside. Don’t be fooled by clouds: the sun’s rays can pass through haze and thin clouds. Protect their eyes with hats and sunglasses.

Do prescription glasses block UV?

Answer: UV coatings on prescription clear lenses are as effective as those on sunglasses. Plastic lenses need to have a UV coating applied. Polycarbonate lenses block UV rays without an additional coating.