UV Safety Tip: Protect Your Eyes

July is National UV Safety Month!

Healing Touch Charlotte is participating in UV (ultraviolet) safety awareness by sharing tips on UV Safety throughout July.

According to the American Cancer Society:

“Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a major risk factor for most skin cancers. Sunlight is the main source of UV rays [Both UVA and UVB rays can damage skin and cause skin cancer.]… People who get a lot of UV exposure from these sources are at greater risk for skin cancer.”

This week’s tip is: PROTECT YOUR EYES

Both UVA and UVB rays can damage your eyes.
The resulting damage from long-term exposure can cause:

  • Cataracts
  • Macular degeneration
  • Cancer of the skin surrounding the eyes
  • Sunburn of the corneas

To shield your eyes from damaging rays:

  • Wear sunglasses or prescription glasses with at least 99-100 % UV blocking
  • Wear a brimmed hat when working outside or sitting by the pool

And remember, not only is July UV Safety Month – it’s also National Ice Cream Month! So enjoy a treat while protecting you eyes!

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