Press Releases Prevent Blindness Names May as UV Awareness Month Published 6 years ago on April 29, 2015 By INVISION Staff Share Tweet Prevent Blindness has declared May as UV Awareness Month to help educate the public on the dangers of UV and steps to take to protect vision today and in the future. There are different types of UV. UV-A radiation has lower energy and penetrates deep into the eye, which may injure the macula, the part of the retina responsible for sight in the center field of vision. UV-B radiation is presumably more dangerous and is mainly absorbed by the cornea and lens of the eye and can damage those tissues. Prevent Blindness strongly recommends that both adults and children always wear both a wide-brimmed hat or cap and the proper UV-rated sunglasses. Wrap-around sunglasses are best as they protect the eyes and the skin around the eyes. For UV protection in everyday eyewear, there are several options such as UV-blocking lens materials, coatings and photochromic lenses. UV protection does not always cost a lot of money and does not get in the way of seeing clearly. There are also many types of sports eye protection glasses that offer UV protection as well. Prevent Blindness recommends speaking with an eye care professional to ensure the proper eye protection is being used no matter what the outdoor activity may be. “Because UV damage to the eyes can be immediate, like corneal sunburns, and cumulative, causing cataracts and macular degeneration, it is imperative that we protect our eyes and encourage our kids to practice the same healthy habits to protect our vision for years to come,” said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. Advertisement For more information on the dangers of UV exposure and how to choose the best UV protection, please visit the Prevent Blindness dedicated Web page at preventblindness.org/uv or call (800) 331-2020. Related Topics: click to Comment(Comment) Up Next Eyecessorize Lands “New York Live” Segment Don't Miss Vision Council Receives Golden Quill Award Advertisement SPONSORED VIDEO SPONSORED BY ESSILOR Introducing EssilorLuxottica 360 A new program powered by Essilor, Luxottica and EyeMed that is designed to help your practice improve traffic, visibility and patient experience while maximizing profitability. Learn More at 360.EssilorLuxottica.com You may like Promoted Headlines Introducing EssilorLuxottica 360 Essilor American Eyes 2020 — Safilo’s Celebration of U.S. Eye Care Professionals Continues Safilo Introducing C Life by Champion L'Amy Advertisement Latest Trending Videos John Marvin16 hours ago Being Civic-Minded Is Important, but So Is Not Alienating People Press Releases16 hours ago National Leadership Team Development Series Continues Online Tonight The Big survey2 days ago Early Polling in INVISION’s Big Survey Puts One Presidential Nominee On Top By a Narrow Margin Headlines2 days ago FDA Approves Kala’s Eysuvis for Dry Eye Press Releases2 days ago Inspecs and O’Neill Announce License Deal Photo Gallery3 weeks ago Washington Eye Doc Welcomes Autumn … and More Brain Squad Members in Their INVISION T-Shirts Headlines1 week ago Video: Car Crashes Into Optometry Office; 4 Taken to Hospital Photo Gallery1 week ago You Need to See These 28 Head-Turning Ways to Display Frames Headlines3 weeks ago Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Plans Optometry College Best of the Best3 weeks ago No Qualified Opticians? No Problem. This Oregon Optical Owner Took Matters Into His Own Hands Headlines1 week ago Video: Car Crashes Into Optometry Office; 4 Taken to Hospital Sponsored Content2 months ago Introducing EssilorLuxottica 360 Sponsored Webinars2 months ago Introducing Varilux® Comfort Max Lenses Headlines2 months ago Video: Gandhi’s Eyeglasses Could Fetch $19K+ at Auction INVISION Podcast3 months ago Podcast: Talking with the Finest, Hippest of Them All About Why There are No Ball Point Pens in Her Shop Advertisement SubscribeBULLETINS Get the most important news and business ideas for eyecare professionals every weekday from INVISION. Advertisement Most Popular Headlines1 week ago Video: Car Crashes Into Optometry Office; 4 Taken to Hospital Photo Gallery1 week ago You Need to See These 28 Head-Turning Ways to Display Frames Press Releases1 week ago BVI Acquires Benz Research & Development The Big survey2 days ago Early Polling in INVISION’s Big Survey Puts One Presidential Nominee On Top By a Narrow Margin Press Releases16 hours ago National Leadership Team Development Series Continues Online Tonight Headlines4 days ago Co-Founder of National Optometric Association Dies at 93 Headlines2 days ago FDA Approves Kala’s Eysuvis for Dry Eye Cover Stories3 days ago Is Corporate Optometry the Future of Optometry?