Ultraviolet (UV) Eye Protection in Connecticut

Monday, June 4, 2012

Ultraviolet (UV) Eye Protection in Connecticut

“With summertime outdoor activities and time at the beach heading our way, we like to remind patients about the need for ultraviolet (UV) eye protection on the Connecticut coast. We all know how to protect our skin by using effective sunscreen lotions and crèmes-but how about protecting our eyes from the harmful effect of UV rays?,” queried  Connecticut Corneal Specialist Leslie Doctor, M.D. “We all need to remember to wear both UV-blocking lenses and a brimmed hat to protect our eyes as well.”

 “At this point in time we know that extended exposure to UV has been linked to many eye problems and can actually speed up the onset of eye diseases such as Cataract, Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), certain cancers on the delicate skin around the eye, Pterygia-a growth of white tissue on the surface of the eye-and even Photokeratitis, a type of sunburn of the cornea,” said Dr. Leslie Doctor.

Patients visiting the Willows Opticians at Doctor & Associates will find a wide range of UV protecting eyeglass lenses available to choose from. Eye protection from UV needs to be complete but doesn’t have to be overly expensive. High quality sunglasses should block out 99-100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation. It is also important to have UV protection in everyday eyewear, which is readily available with a number of UV blocking eyeglass lens materials, specialized coatings and photochromic lenses. Doctor & Associates is happy to recommend the appropriate measures to take to protect your eyes in special situations. If you have questions or need an appointment to learn more about protecting your eyes from UV please call Doctor & Associates for an eye exam appointment at 203-227-4113, visiting Doctor & Associates or facebook.com/doctorandassociates.

Doctor & Associates is a leading Fairfield County Connecticut eye care practice providing eye examinations for adults and children, cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease including cornea transplants, diagnosis and management of diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma as well as contact lenses, eyeglasses and optical services. For those patients in need of eye surgery, as a founding member of the Wilton Surgery Center, Doctor & Associates eye surgeons are able to provide eye surgery in a convenient, close to home and cost effective ambulatory surgery center. Whatever your eye care, eye health or vision correction needs might be-Doctor & Associates can serve as a Connecticut ophthalmic consultant and will be conveniently located for patients from Fairfield County and southern Connecticut including Danbury, Stamford, Greenwich, Westport, Weston, Wilton, New Canaan, Norwalk, Fairfield, Bridgeport, Cannondale, Aspetuck, Redding, Trumbull, Shelton, Monroe, Darien, Glenbrook and Ridgefield Connecticut.