July is known as Ultraviolet (UV) Safety Month. During this time, the mission is to spread awareness about how important it is to protect our eyes and skin from the side effects of UV rays. The longer your exposure, the greater your risk of sun damage if you’re unprotected. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, studies show that long-term exposure to bright sunlight may increase the risk of cataracts and growths on the eye, including cancer.
UV rays reflected off wet surfaces can cause eyes to sunburn, potentially resulting in temporary blindness. In support of UV Safety Month, the North West Regional Health Authority (NWRHA) reminds the public of the importance of shielding eyes from the sun’s harmful rays with 100% UV-blocking sunglasses and broad-brimmed hats. In addition to the proper safety eyewear, regular eye exams for early detection and treatment of eye conditions and diseases are essential to maintaining good vision at every stage of life.