We can't stress enough the importance of protecting your eyes from the harmful affects of ultraviolet (UV) rays. Long-term vision risks from UV ray exposure is high, and we want to ensure you are educated on how the sun can affect you and your vision.
UV Rays - by the Numbers:
- UV rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., however your eyes are more at risk during 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. and from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m., when the sun is low in the sky.
- Sand and water at the beach can reflect an additional 25% of UV rays.
- UV radiation levels increase by about 4% for every 1,000 -ft. rise in elevation.
- Snow-covered surfaces reflect as much as 8% of UV rays.
- UV rays come from the sun in three forms: UVA, UVB and UVC rays. UVB rays are more intense, but UVA rays are 30 to 50 times more prevalent.
- Children receive up to 3 times the annual sun exposure of adults, so buying sunglasses for your children is important.
Source: Here Comes the Sun. (2014, June 1). AOA Focus, 1, 20.