While most Canadians recognize the importance of sunscreen to prevent sunburns and skin cancer, many are unaware that UV light can cause serious eye damage. In fact, overexposure to UV rays has been linked to a variety of eye problems, one of which is cataracts, a condition where the normally clear lens of the eye become cloudy and opaque.
With an estimated 3.2 million Canadians living with cataracts, optometrists are urging residents to book an annual eye exam with a doctor of optometry and take the necessary precautions to protect your vision from the sun’s harmful rays. What can you do?
Your doctor of optometry can make specific recommendations to ensure your eyes are well-protected and to fit you with your perfect pair of sunglasses. Booking a comprehensive eye exam can identify early onset of eye-health conditions related to UV that may not have apparent symptoms.