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Disclosure: This is a post written by me and any opinions expressed are my own. I may or may not have received compensation for my services.

I have been blessed with extremely bright blue eyes. When I was little, I would always get embarrassed when people complimented them. My Nana would always laugh and tell me to stop covering them up. I didn’t learn to love them until I was in my late teens.

When I was 16, I started to wear contact lenses. This was mostly due to the fact that the sun literally hurt my eyes. I didn’t want to be switching between prescription sunglasses and my regular glasses. To be honest, I also just hate how I look in glasses. Even at almost 36 years old, I still am not a big fan of them.

It has been my experience that most people simply wear sunglasses because the sun bothers them. I don’t think many consider the damage that the sun can do to your eyes and not just your skin. Experts say it is difficult to isolate the exact amount of damage that Ultraviolet Radiation (UV) imposes on the eye over a long period of time. However, a number of studies have shown that the effects of UV radiation are mostly cumulative and may increase the chance of developing eye problems later in life, including cataracts, a leading cause of reduced vision in the United States.

I do not see many younger children protecting their eyes these days. I have always tried to push sunglasses on my sons but, they always end up lost, broken or forgotten. Did you know that younger eyes are more susceptible to exposure to the sun’s harmful rays than adults? Children have larger pupils (allowing more light into their eyes), clearer lenses, and are outside without eye protection much more frequently and for longer periods than most adults.  It is estimated that a significant amount of lifetime exposure to UV rays may occur by age 18 and that children’s annual dose of UV radiation is three times that of adults. Kind of scary isn’t it?

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Contact lenses that offer high levels of protection against UV rays are labeled as either Class I or Class II. Class I lenses block at least 90% of UVA and 99% of UVB rays while Class II block at least 70% of UVA and 95% of UVB rays. All ACUVUE® OASYS® Brand and ACUVUE® ADVANCE® Brand lenses are classified as Class I while all other ACUVUE® Brands are classified as Class II. ACUVUE® Brand is the only brand that offers UV protection across its entire line of products.

Now, I am not saying that sunglasses are the option that will save you. However, while most sunglasses can help block UV rays from entering through the lenses, most frame styles do not prevent rays from reaching the eyes from the sides, top, and bottom of the glasses. Hats with brims offer no protection from UV rays reflected up from ground surfaces such as pavement, sand, and water.

How can you tell if the sun is doing damage to your eyes? Short-term damage to the eyes may be hard to notice, but over the long-term, the sun can cause irreversible harm to all structures of the eye and surrounding tissue that are left unprotected or under-protected. These conditions may not surface for many years and at that point, it is too late. The damage has already been done and you can not reverse the suns harmful effects. This is one of the major reasons that is is very important to protect your little ones eyes.

I have been wearing ACUVUE® contacts for almost 20 years. My type of lenses have changed a few times but I have always stayed with the same company. I was happy to just recently learn that UV blocking contact lenses can give you a great level of additional protection from UV exposure. I didn’t even know that this was an option with them! I also didn’t know that not all contact lenses offer UV protection, and, of those that do, not all provide similar absorption levels. ACUVUE® is the only major brand of contact lenses which blocks approximately 97%of UV-B and 81% of UV-A rays as standard across the entire range of its products. Although UV-blocking contact lenses are beneficial in helping to protect against harmful UV rays entering into the eye, long-term clinical studies have not been done to show that they directly reduce the risk of any specific eye disease or condition. I say at this point, I will take all of the assistance that I can to help protect my eyes for the future.

Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in an Influencer campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. and received a promotional item from Mom Central to thank me for participating.

One of the things that my friends always find funny about me is, it doesn’t matter what the day looks like, you will never see me with sunglasses either on my face or on top of my head. It is a misconception, in my opinion, that people think you are only at risk for the sun when they can see it. Direct light from the sun itself can be damaging to eyes, reflected ultraviolet (UV) rays from surfaces such as grass, soil, dry sand, water, and snow can also be harmful.  UV protection also is important on a cloudy day as the sun’s rays can pass through thin clouds, exposing your eyes to harmful UV radiation. Yes, you also need sunscreen on a cloudy day.

UV absorbing contact lenses are not substitutes for UV-blocking sunglasses as they do not completely cover the eye or the surrounding area but, as I stated earlier, it sure won’t hurt any to have the extra protection. For more comprehensive UV protection, UV-blocking contact lenses should be worn as an added layer of protection in conjunction with high-quality UV-blocking sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat.

Do you know the times of day when the sun is most damaging to eyes? It’s not what you think – research suggests that from Spring through Fall, when the days get longer, the incidence of eye exposure to UV rays is actually greatest earlier and later in the day.

With summer around the corner,  how does your family protect their eyes from the sun? Did you know that while direct sunlight can be extremely harmful to the eyes, reflected UV rays (i.e., from water, grass, sand) can be even more harmful?

Visit “Fast Facts for Your Health: The Sun & Your Eyes: What You Need to Know” on the ACUVUE® Brand website. 

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