How to Protect Your Eyes From Ultraviolet Radiation (UV Rays)
Contact lenses that help protect your eyes from the sun
You protect your skin from ultraviolet (UV) rays, but did you know your eyes need protecting from the sun too? All ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses block more than 98% of the sun’s UVB rays and 85% of its UVA rays as standard.*
HOW TO PROTECT YOUR EYES FROM THE SUN
Protect your eyes even on cloudy and overcast days
Most of us take precautions to protect our eyes on sunny days, but UV rays can damage our eyes on cloudy days too. It is therefore important to help protect your eyes from UV exposure all the time.
Take note of the time of day
The sun is at its strongest between 10am and 2pm. However, your eyes are most at risk from sun damage during mid-morning and late afternoon. Try to help protect your eyes at all times throughout the day.
Beware of reflected light
Light reflecting off sand, snow or water intensifies sun exposure. Make a special effort to help protect your eyes if you are on a beach, skiing, close to water or at a high altitude.
Wear a hat
A wide-brimmed hat will provide added protection for your eyes. It will also help protect your face and chest from sun damage and prevent sunstroke.
PROTECTING YOUR EYES FROM THE SUN
If you choose to use sunglasses for UV protection, try to choose large lenses and a wraparound style to protect as much of your eyes as possible.
However, even good quality sunglasses let in the sun around their rim. Contact lenses with UV blocking filters sit over the cornea and lens of your eyes to help give them additional protection from the transmission of harmful UV rays. These, combined with sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat, will provide more comprehensive protection for your eyes.
It is also important to beware of reflected light. Light reflecting off sand, snow or water intensifies sun exposure. Make a special effort to help protect your eyes if you are on a beach, skiing, close to water or at a high altitude.
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*All ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses have UV Blocking to help provide protection against transmission of harmful UV radiation to the cornea and into the eye. UV absorbing contact lenses are NOT substitutes for protective UV absorbing eyewear such as UV absorbing goggles or sunglasses because they do not completely cover the eye and surrounding area. You should continue to use UV absorbing eyewear as directed by your Optician.