July is UV Safety Month

In a June blog, we talked about the effect of UV rays on the eyes. Ophthalmologists are warning their patients that exposure to UV can cause cataracts, even among children.

July means fun and more time in the sun. In addition to cataracts, exposure to bright sunlight can increase the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), growths on the eyes and cancer.

Because of this, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) is designating July as UV (ultraviolet Light) Safety Awareness Month.

The AAO is offering this list of tips to protect yourself while in the sun.

When preparing to go out into the sun:

  1. Wear sunglasses that block 100% UV.   Don’t select by color or darkness.
  2. Choose wrap-around styles so that the sun’s rays can’t enter from the side.
  3. Wear a wide brimmed hat.
  4. Don’t be fooled by clouds. The sun’s rays can pass through haze and thin clouds.
  5. Don’t rely on contact lenses with UV protection.  You still need to wear 100% UV protection sun glasses.
  6. Never look directly at the sun even during an eclipse.
  7. Protect your children with sunglasses and hats. Try to keep them out of the sun between the hours of 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM when the UV rays are the strongest.

In addition to eye damage, skin cancer, the most common type of cancer in the USA, and UVF rays from the sun are the cause. One American dies every hour from skin cancer.  It is estimated that this year there will be 68,000 new cases of malignant melanoma.

Unfortunately, many Americans still believe that a golden tan is a healthy glow, and is a sign of beauty. Don’t buy into that way of thinking.

To protect against skin cancer try to stay out of the sun during the peak hours of 10 AM to 4 PM. Avoid burning and definitely avoid UV tanning booths. Apply 2 tablespoons of sunscreen over your entire body at least 30 minutes before going out in the sun.  Reapply every 2 hours. Examine your skin on a monthly basis and have a dermatologist examine your skin at least every 6 months.

Protecting yourself and your family from UV rays is as essential in guaranteeing a happy summer as baseball and Cracker Jack.

Call the experts at Kabb Law to learn more about protecting yourself and your family this summer 216-991-KABB (5222).