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Protect eyes from damaging sunlight
Eyes Pittmann
Dr. Joseph Pittman
The American Optometric Association has confirmed that prolonged exposure to ultraviolet radiation can cause cataracts and contributes to age-related macular degeneration.
A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s focusing lens.  Cataracts decrease visual acuity and patients often experience glare, halos or starburst from lights.  Ultraviolet exposure is responsible for an estimated 300,000 to 400,000 visually disabling cataracts annually in the United States.  
Macular degeneration causes a loss of central vision resulting in an inability to see fine details, to read, or to drive.  Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness and affects more than 13 million people worldwide.
Did you know that 80 percent of ultraviolet radiation exposure to your eye structures occurs before 18 years of age?  Protection from ultraviolet radiation for children’s eyes is essential.   Children are the most vulnerable to UV radiation because they are the most physically active age group and spend the most time outdoors.
Only about 50 percent of UV rays are blocked by hats or caps; therefore, proper sunwear which blocks 99-100 percent of UV rays is essential.

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