Ultraviolet (UV) Protection

Lens Options

The gradual loss of our ozone layer is increasing our exposure to Ultraviolet (UV) radiation. UV radiation can:

 

  1. Increase the risk of cataracts.
  2. Harm the cornea (affecting endothelial cells, which reduces the ability of the cornea to maintain hydration).
  3. Cause early onset presbyopia.
  4. Affect the retina.
  5. May cause macular degeneration as well as cancer.



Patients who especially need UV protection.

 

  1. Aphakes (people without the their natural lens).
  2. Pseudoaphakes with non-UV shielding Intraocular Lenses (IOLs) (prior to 70 s).
  3. Patients on UV-Sensitizing medications such as birth control pills and antibiotics.
  4. Outdoor workers such as fisherman, construction workers, and farmers.
  5. Beachgoers/watersport enthusiasts.
  6. Children who spend time outdoors.
  7. Skiers.
  8. Contact lens wearers (because of the extra strain on endothelial cells).
  9. Patients with exposure-related conjunctival problems such as pinguecula and ptergia.
  10. Patients with premature lenticular opacifications.



All Hi-Index materials, photochromic lenses and polycarbonate come with UV protection included.

 

* We now have a complete lab facility at MCO that can provide this option.