Anything could happen to our eyes in an instant, whether at the workplace or while engaging in recreation and sports. Our sight organs are too valuable to expose them to any unnecessary hazards. Opt for proper care and be on the safe side.
Our eyes are exposed to all manner of risks. The power of the sun’s rays is not to be underestimated. Naturally, they entice us outdoors, they shine on the sea and they put a smile on our face. But where there is a bright side, there is also a darkside. Ultra-violet rays, called UV rays for short, can be especially harmful to our eyes.
Sunlight is the most significant source of UV radiation and can damage various ocular tissues. The surface of the eye (which can be subject to snow blindness), the lenses (which can develop cataracts, also known as opacity) and the retina (subject to solar maculopathy and macular degeneration) are in particular danger.
UV light consists of UV-A light (which leads to skin tanning, but also skin aging), UV-B light (which leads to sunburn and skin cancer) and UV-C light (the most dangerous rays, but which are almost completely blocked by the ozone layer).
What almost no one knows: Eyes can also get sunburned. The cornea and the conjunctiva are most affected. The highest risk is always when the sunlight is heavily reflected, something that can occur in a snow-covered landscape or when spending time by or in the water.
With the right glasses, however, everyone can protect their eyes from dangerous UV rays. What you should keep in mind when purchasing a pair of sunglasses:
Eye protection is also often recommended for medical reasons. This primarily applies to people with increased UV radiation risk. These include:
Special protection for the eye is also very important for certain occupational activities. The following pose a hazard:
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