Proper eyewear is needed when out in the sun

Dec 21, 2010

It's important to wear sunglasses

Skin cancer can be deadly, however it is very treatable if caught early. Even just a run-in with any form of cancer can be enough to make people think about their health and life insurance.

A recent survey conducted on behalf of a major health insurance company found that many Americans are aware of the importance of covering their skin while outside. When it came to their eyes, however, more than 40 percent of respondents said they rarely think about protecting them when they go out into the sun.

Neglecting to properly take care of one's eyes can result in a variety of consequences. Cataracts and macular degeneration are just a couple of eye diseases that can arise from long-term exposure to the sun.

The Mayo Clinic says people should wear sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays. Wearing glasses with large frames or those that are a wraparound style offer further protection.

In addition to appropriate eye wear, people should wear a hat and sunblock to help protect themselves from the sun.

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