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Ultraviolet Awareness Month

Ultraviolet Awareness Month

While it feels good being outdoors, we have to acknowledge the fact that it is not all glitter and gold. Too much sun has its own disadvantages – its ultraviolet light can destroy us faster than we know. That is why the month of May was set as Ultraviolet Awareness month. Studies have shown that 20% of cataracts cases are a result of UV rays.

What is Ultraviolet Light?

Ultraviolet radiation refers to the invisible high energy rays that come from the sun. Since they are invisible, our naked eyes cannot see them. Most notably, these rays are UVA, UVB, and UVC. Some ultraviolet light is good for us. UV stimulates the production of vitamin D in just 5 to 15 minutes of sun exposure. 

Dangers of Ultraviolet Light

Ultraviolet light affects the skin and eyes. Prolonged exposure can cause loss of vision and blindness. Not only this, UV light can also cause several types of skin and eye cancers. 

Prevention

Preventing the effects of ultraviolet light is simple. First and foremost, you must limit your exposure to the sun. In addition to that, you should never head out without any form of protection. Invest in sunglasses that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays. Also try to wear a broad-brimmed hat to protect your skin. 

Stop in and see us today to browse our sunglasses which are 25% off now through July 31, 2019.

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