Keep an eye on your vision health

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8676_B1_rgb5(ARA) – It’s critical to protect your eyes from the sun’s damaging rays to decrease your risk of developing serious vision issues such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration, the leading causes of blindness.

Maintaining vision health can be especially important for women. In fact, a

report from the National Women’s Health Resource Center, “Women and Healthy Vision,” shows that women are at higher risk than men of having vision problems.

Think sun exposure and eyes and you probably think sunglasses. While wearing sunglasses is definitely a good idea when it comes to eye protection, not all sunglasses

are created equal. Look for sunglasses that transmit no more than 1 percent UV-B and 1 percent UV-A rays. Sometimes the information on the glasses will say they block at least 99 percent of the UVR.

Other things to look for when selecting a pair of sunglasses include:

* Lenses large enough to completely cover the eye and prevent as much light as possible from entering through the edges of the glasses. Wrap-around sunglasses are best.

* Gray lenses, because they provide the greatest protection.

* Darker lenses, particularly if you spend a lot of time exposed to UVR.

For more information and a free copy of the “Women and Healthy Vision” report, visit

www.healthywomen.org.

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