Summer is the time to be outside and optometrists are stressing the importance of sunglasses.
UV light over long periods of time can cause severe damage to your eyes.
“UV light can cause cataracts. You can also get certain growths on the face and the eyes that can be cancerous,” said Dr. Tim Skwarok, an optometrist from FYidoctors in Fort Saskatchewan.
Sunglasses are not just for adults, children should also be wearing them.
“The crystalline lens in children is actually a lot less capable of absorbing and blocking UV light than adults. That allows the UV light to actually penetrate deeper into the eye.”
Not just any sunglasses will do, to fully protect your eyes 100 per cent UVA and UVB protection glasses are needed.
Sunglasses should be worn year round as UV light can get through clouds and reflect off ice and snow.