May 9th, 2011

Protecting Your Eyes from the Sun

Most of us are aware of the importance of protecting your skin from the sun. Whenever my family and I go to the beach, the first thing we do is slather on the sunscreen in an effort to shield our skin from UV-rays. But what about our eyes? UV-rays are just as harmful to our vision, and our eyes need to be protected as well.

According to the Vision Care Institute, a Johnson & Johnson company, only about 65% of Americans wear sunglasses to help protect their eyes from the sun’s rays, and only 39% make sure their children wear sunglasses. Since children have larger pupils, clearer lenses and oftentimes spend more time outside without protecting their eyes, it’s no surprise that it is estimated a large amount of lifetime exposure to UV rays may occur by age 18.

There are some helpful ways to help keep your eyes safe and healthy. For one, wearing sunglasses can help block UV rays. For most styles however, while they prevent UV rays from entering through the lenses, do not prevent rays from reading the sides, top and bottom of the glasses. Hats with brims also offer protection from the sun. However, they don’t protect our eyes from the rays reflected off surfaces like water, sand and pavement.

Your best bet for protecting your eyes? A combination of sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, and for some, UV-blocking contact lenses. The American Optometric Association offers ways to protect your eyes from UV rays, and some tips for those who wear contact lenses. Take a look at their website for more information on protecting your eyes this summer and all year round.

2 Responses to “Protecting Your Eyes from the Sun”

  1. Paul Leroux says

    Thanks for this post, Andrew. The more time I spend outside (and, as I get older, I really do try to spend more time in the great outdoors), the more I realize I need to protect my eyes — something I’ve often failed to do in the past. High-quality UV sunglasses are key, but folks should remember that they just don’t protect your eyes — they can actually help you see better when driving (by cutting down reflections) and help you enjoy outdoor scenery (again, but cutting down reflections). – Paul

  2. Jenifer Kuykendall says

    Hats, Sunglasses and Sunscreen are a daily consideration now that I have moved to Australia with my three children. With the highest rate of Melanoma per capita in the world, Australia schools have “No Hat, No Play” policies, and parents are mandated to ensure their children have on sunscreen, sunnies (sunglasses) and a hat when outdoors.

    As a survivor of Malignant Melanoma, I thank you for your post….and want to add that yearly eye exams are important for all ages since Melanoma can go undetected in the eyes.

    Cheers from Janssen, Australia!

Leave a Reply

All comments will be reviewed before posting. Since this blog is about Johnson & Johnson, comments that don’t directly relate to the Company or to topics covered on this blog won’t be posted. Please see our comments policy for details.