Much like your skin, your eyes need to be protected from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, too. There are various ways you can protect your eyes from the sun, such as wearing sunglasses and limiting your eyes’ exposure to direct sunlight. That said, if you’re a contact lens wearer, you may have wondered if wearing contacts can provide a certain level of protection against UV radiation.
Contact Lenses and Sun Protection
Since contact lenses are fitted directly on the eye, UV radiation coming from above, below and the sides can be absorbed by them. However, your contacts should be of a specific type to ensure their effectiveness in absorbing UV radiation.
If you often find yourself in high-exposure environments like beaches and mountains, your contacts should be an U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Class 1 absorber. The lenses in this classification can absorb over 90% of UVA and 99% of UVB.
However, if you simply need general-purpose, UV-absorbing contact lenses, your eye doctor may suggest lenses that are classified as FDA Class 2 absorber. These contacts can absorb more than 50% of UVA and 95% of UVB.
Additional Protection for Your Eyes
Relying on your contacts alone may not be enough to protect your eyes from UV radiation. That’s why experts still recommend to wear sunglasses, especially when you’re outdoors during the early morning or late afternoon. Make sure your sunglasses are able to block UV as well. Moreover, you might want to consider wrap-around style sunglasses, which help prevent UV radiation from reaching your eyes from above, below, and the sides.
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