Did you know UV radiation hurts more than just your skin, it also affects our eyes? I never really thought about it frankly. I mean, I wear sunglasses when it’s sunny and SPF on my face, but that’s about it. Apparently there are now UV blocking contact lenses that provide contact wearers additional protection against damaging rays, since most sunglasses block as little as 50% of all UV rays to the eyes. I am a contact lens wearer and never knew I could use contact lenses that block UV radiation. Among contact lens companies, only ACUVUE brand lenses contain UV-blocking agents in every lens, including their newest lens, the Rolls-Royce of contacts, TruEye. 1-Day TruEye offers wearers the highest level of UV protection in a contact lens — blocking more than 96% of UV-A rays and 99% of UV-B rays that reach the lens! I would normally avoid one-day lenses in favor of 2-week disposable ones since I had previously ripped every pair I attempted to put on my eye before they ever made it to my eyeball! So while I was apprehensive to try these, I loved them from the minute I successfully got them in! Surprisingly, I have not ripped one!
“For those who need vision correction, a significant measure of UV protection can be achieved with a combination of UV-absorbing sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking contact lenses,” says Karl M. Citek, OD, Ph.D., Chair of the Commission on Ophthalmic Standards.
“Not all contact lens lines offer UV protection, and, of those that do, not all provide similar absorption levels,” explains Sheila Hickson-Curran, Director, Medical Affairs, VISTAKON®, Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
Although UV-blocking contact lenses provide important added protection, they should not be viewed as a stand-alone solution. Contact lenses should always be worn in conjunction with high-quality UV-blocking sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat for maximum UV protection for the eyes.
Also, if you get a chance be sure to check out Healthy Vision Radio with Dr. Val Jones. This recent show highlights the relationship between vision and the performance in sports with guest Olympic champion sprinter Allyson Felix. She explains how good vision helps her cross the finish line ahead of the pack. Or just go to the blogtalkradio page and see all three shows.
– Lauren Dimet Waters
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