UV Safety Eye Month
UV Safety Eye Month, observed in July, aims to raise awareness about the importance of protecting our eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation.
The image you see is an example of a cataract on the human eye, the principal cause for blindness in the world.
The eyelid is too thin to be able to protect the eye from ultraviolet light penetration. Too much UVB damages the cornea, while too much UVA damages the retina.
UVB has such a short wavelength that is completely absorbed by the lens (cornea) of the eye. Worldwide some 12 to 15 million people become blind from cataracts annually, of which up to 20% may be caused or enhanced by sun exposure according to WHO estimates.
By wearing sunglasses with UV protection and using wide-brimmed hats, we can safeguard our vision and prevent long-term damage. Let's prioritize eye health and enjoy the summer while keeping our eyes safe!