(PRESS RELEASE) CHICAGO — Because extended exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause damage to the eyes, Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest eye health and safety organization, has declared May as Ultraviolet Awareness Month. The group seeks to educate the public on the increased risk of everything from “corneal sunburns” (photokeratitis) to diseases such ascataract and eye cancers.
Prevent Blindness offers a variety of free resources on UV protection to keep vision healthy, including fact sheets and a dedicated webpage here. Shareable infographics on sun safety are also available.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), many factors determine the amount of UV exposure including:
Wearing UV-blocking sunglasses with a brimmed hat is the best protection against UV rays. Prevent Blindness recommends choosing sunglasses for children, adults and senior citizens that:
“No matter the weather, it’s important to always wear UV-blocking eyewear when we are outdoors to help protect our eyes and save our sight for years to come,” said Jeff Todd, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness.
For more information on UV eye protection, visit the Prevent Blindness dedicated Web page at PreventBlindness.org, or call (800) 331-2020.