Ultraviolet (UV) Protection
The gradual loss of our ozone layer is increasing our exposure to Ultraviolet (UV)
radiation. UV radiation can:
- Increase the risk of cataracts.
- Harm the cornea (affecting endothelial cells, which reduces the ability of the cornea
to maintain hydration).
- Cause early onset presbyopia.
- Affect the retina.
- May cause macular degeneration as well as cancer.
Patients who especially need UV protection.
- Aphakes (people without the their natural lens).
- Pseudoaphakes with non-UV shielding Intraocular Lenses (IOLs) (prior to 70 s).
- Patients on UV-Sensitizing medications such as birth control pills and antibiotics.
- Outdoor workers such as fisherman, construction workers, and farmers.
- Beachgoers/watersport enthusiasts.
- Children who spend time outdoors.
- Contact lens wearers (because of the extra strain on endothelial cells).
- Patients with exposure-related conjunctival problems such as pinguecula and ptergia.
- Patients with premature lenticular opacifications.
All Hi-Index materials, photochromic lenses and polycarbonate come with UV protection
* We now have a complete lab facility at MCO that can provide this option.