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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
  • Skiers
  • 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 included.