Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Protecting Your Eyes from the Sun

“I wrote this review while participating in an influencer campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of HealthyWomen and VISTAKON® Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. and received a promotional item from Mom Central to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

When I was a little girl, I loved wearing sunglasses. Even though back then I wore big glasses, I would still buy sunglasses and wear them OVER my glasses! For some reason, I thought that was cool. I only wore sunglasses then because they made me feel cool and important. But today I had the chance to be a part of a very important conversation that helped me realize that sunglasses are a must for your health, no matter the age.

When you go to buy sunglasses, usually you'll find a sticker on them that says "UV". But do you really know what that means at all? UV rays cause sunburns and skin cancer, but they can also cause extreme harm to your eyes, some of which is unchangeable.

Today I learned that you can actually sunburn your eyes. Honestly, I never had any idea you could do this. But it's possible and it's very painful. Anderson Cooper had this happen after extensive filming in the water all day. Since water reflects UV rays, it's imperative that you wear sunglasses or goggles with UV protection when you're near the water!

I always knew that the sun could harm your skin, but I never knew how badly it could harm your eyes too. Did you know that long term exposure to UV rays can have devastating effects on your eyes like photokeratitis, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and cancer of the eye and surrounding skin? I don't know about you but I already wear contacts so my eyes aren't perfect. So after learning this today, I'll be wearing sunglasses a lot more often!

Plus many contacts don't offer UV protection and most don't. If you're looking for contacts that can give some protection, then ask your doctor about some that give UV blocking for an added layer of protection. ACUVUE® OASYS® Brand Contact Lenses, or for those who prefer a daily disposable contact lens, 1-DAY ACUVUE® TruEye® Contact Lenses, offer the highest level of UV-blocking available in a contact lens.

**UV-blocking contact lenses are beneficial in helping to protect against harmful UV rays entering into the eye, long-term clinical studies have not been done to show that they directly reduce the risk of any specific eye disease or condition. That is why they should always be worn in conjunction with high-quality UV-blocking sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat.**

Mary has a lot of different sunglasses and she's the opposite of most children. She likes to wear them everywhere, even inside the house!

UV Rays hurt children's eyes just as much as they hurt adult's eyes, so make sure to keep your kids and family summer ready with UV resistant pairs of sunglasses and goggles. Honestly, it's the best gift you can ever give them!

If you're interested in learning more about healthy eyes and UV protection, check out the Eye Health Center!


  1. Thank you for the great info!

  2. Thanks for the information. I didn't know how harmful UV rays were to our eyes.

  3. This is my comment for the Kroger giveaway. Thanks for the helful tips!

  4. its important for all people even kids to

  5. its important for kids to take care of their eyes too!


  6. Great post for reminding me to get a new shade for myself. I probably would get some for DDs too.

  7. You're right, most people don't think about how the sun can damage your eyes, too, not just your skin. I always try to wear sunglasses when I'm outdoors.

  8. Those glasses look cute on Mary. It is so important to wear the sunglasses. My grandson wears glasses so we have him a prescription pair to wear when he is outdoors to protect his eyes.