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Wearing Eye Protection is Important

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Sure, spending time outside in the summer is fun, but doctors say too much exposure to the sun can cause some problems for the eyes.

"Cataracts can be accelerated by ultraviolet light. In some cases macular degeneration as well.," says Optometrist Tom Samson.

Ultraviolet light is a form of radiation that can't be seen. So, whether your job requires you to be outside during the day, or you just like hanging out at the beach, the right precautions need to be taken when getting the eyes ready for the outdoors.

Doctors say when shopping for a pair of sunglasses, it's important to remember to look for a pair with a label that says 100 percent UV protection.

"It's even important for kids," says Samson. "A lot of the UV light that we get over the course of our lifetime happens before you are 18 years old."

And doctors say over exposure to UV rays doesn't just cause problems for the eyes.

"UV-B is the one that has been associated with skin cancer, with cataract formation, those kinds of things," says Samson.

Doctors say there's nothing wrong with spending some time in the sun, in fact getting that vitamin D is actually good for our bodies, but the right steps need to be taken if you're going to be outside at any point on those hot summer days.

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