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Director’s Council of Public Representatives (COPR)

NIH Public Bulletin – July 2012

Remember to Protect Your Eyes from the Sun

Institute: National Eye Institute (NEI)

July is a wonderful time to make sure that not only your skin but also your eyes are protected from the sun. While having summer fun, use a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to limit your eyes' exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. When purchasing sunglasses, look for a pair that blocks out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation. Protecting your eyes from sunlight may help to delay some eye diseases, such as cataracts. A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision.

Next Steps

You can find other eye health tips at www.nei.nih.gov/healthyeyes/eyehealthtips.asp. To learn more about cataracts, visit www.nei.nih.gov/health/cataract/cataract_facts.asp.

This page last reviewed on August 21, 2012

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