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Happy National Eye Health Month!

May is a wonderful part of the year when the weather becomes warmer and people spend more time outdoors. Many people, with the increased exposure to sunlight, choose to protect their skin by wearing sunscreen. But how many of you protect your eyes from the sun?

To celebrate National Eye Health month, we want to give you some tips on keeping your eyes healthy this summer!

First, what damage can sunlight cause to my eyes?

Well, just how the UV Rays from the sun can cause sunburn and, in extreme cases, skin cancer to your skin, the sun can damage your eyes as well. According to the National Eye Institute, prolonged exposure to UV Rays can increase your risk of developing cataracts, the clouding of the eye’s lens, and UV Rays can cause damage to the retina. Damage to the retina causes Macular Degeneration which is the leading cause of blindness in the United States. In addition, sun exposure around the eyes can cause the development of skin cancer.

Luckily, there is an easy (and stylish!) way to prevent these damaging UV Rays from making contact with your eyes! By wearing sunglasses that block 99% to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays, you can dramatically reduce your risk of sunlight-related eye damage! It is also recommended to have children wear sunglasses as well as this can reduce their risk of ocular damage as they get older!

Hanover Family Eyecare provides a multitude of different styles of frames that can be used to make sunglasses! While large frames are generally chosen to provide maximum sun protection to the eye and the sensitive skin surrounding the eye, smaller frames can be chosen as well. ExperioUV brand lenses by Essilor are the highest grade in UV protection, and come in 3 different tints. Hanover Family Eyecare is proud to offer these premium products at affordable prices and with frequent discounts. Take a look at our promotions page to see what sales are active now and feel free to pay us a visit soon! Your eyes will thank you!