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The Importance of UV Protection For Your Eyes

Protecting your eyes from the sun is vital for your eye health. The sun, as lovely as it can be, can be very harmful to our bodies if we aren’t careful. You may associate the skin as the main cause of concern when it comes to the sun, but did you know that your eyesight is at risk too? Overexposure to the sun can increase your risk of many eye conditions, which we will be discussing in this blog post. 

At R Woodfall, we have a wide range of high quality UV protection lenses to help protect your eyesight, and also allow you to see clearly and confidently when the sun is shining. In this blog post we will be discussing the risk of overexposure, as well as how UV protection helps prevent this.

Sun damage related eye conditions 

It’s been found that overexposure to the sun may increase your risk of the following eye conditions:


A cataract is a very common eye condition that involves the lens of your eye developing a cloudy patch that obstructs your vision. Cataracts are seen as an age-related condition as most people will develop them when they get older. Luckily, a quick surgery can remove the cataract and allow you to see clearly again. 

As well as age, damage from the sun is a known factor to increase your risk of developing this eye condition.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common eye condition that affects your vision. This is a result of macular ageing. Although this condition occurs due to age, long-term sun damage can also increase your risk of developing this condition.


This condition occurs as a direct result of sun exposure. Photokeratitis is when your cornea becomes damaged due to too much sun exposure. The UV rays damage the cornea which can result in some uncomfortable and sometimes painful symptoms. 

How does UV protection help? 

UV protection is the best and most effective way to protect your eyes from the sun. Wearing your sunglasses every time you’re in the midday sun can really help to protect your eyes and avoid any sun damage. 

This is because UV protection lenses effectively reflect the harmful rays from sunlight away from your eyes. This stops the UV rays from entering your eyes and damaging them. Which is why it’s so important to protect your eyes and invest in quality UV protection sunglasses. 
If you’re in need of some high quality sunglasses that offer the best UV protection, feel free to contact our team today.