Indiana Doctors Stress Need for Preventing UV Eye Sun Damage with Proper Sunglasses

Top Quote Eye doctors at Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center stressed the importance of using effective UV protection in eyeglasses and sunglasses in order to minimize the risk of UV sun eye damage. End Quote
  • Gary, IN (1888PressRelease) April 25, 2013 - "The types of eye problems that can occur from UV and sun exposure are not trivial," explained Indiana Ophthalmologist Scott Buck, M.D. "There are numerous studies as well as our own clinical experience that link UV exposure and eye sun damage to the early formation of cataracts, increased risk of age related macular degeneration, facial and eyelid skin cancers, a growth of vascular tissue on the surface of the eye called a pterygium and even solar keratitis and solar retinitis-inflammation of the cornea and the retina," explained Dr. Scott Buck. "I take time to discuss with all my patients-especially those with jobs or recreational interests that are mainly outdoors-how important the need for UV protecting eyewear and sunglasses are in their situation," stated Indiana Optometrist & Contact Lens Specialist Dr. Stephen Buck. "Even we fit a patient with UV absorbing contact lenses we still want to make sure the exposed areas of the eye and surrounding tissue are protected from excessive sunlight and UV." stressed Dr. Stephen Buck.

    Sunglasses for UV eye protection should be considered more than simply a fashion accessory. Patients visiting Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser center will find a wide range of UV protecting eyeglass lenses and sunglasses available to choose from. Eye protection from UV needs to be complete but doesn't have to be overly expensive. High quality sunglasses should block out 99-100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation. It is also important to have UV protection in everyday eyewear, which is readily available with a number of UV blocking eyeglass lens materials, specialized coatings and photochromic lenses.

    "There are straight forward and simple precautions for protecting against UV eye damage as well as UV skin damage on the face and around your eyes", noted Scott Buck, M.D. "First, if you are going to be outside-particularly in our Indiana summer sun-you need to wear sunscreen. Second, remember to wear UV-blocking eyeglass or sunglass lenses. Choose an eyeglass or sunglass frame that is large enough so that it covers the delicate tissue and skin around the eye. Last, wear a hat with a brim to further block sunlight and protect your eyes surrounding tissue," said Dr. Buck.

    Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center is conveniently located for patients seeking eye care from throughout northern Indiana including La Porte, Mishawaka, South Bend, Michigan City, Crown Point, Merrillville, Chesterton, South Haven, Westville, Hebron, Lowell, Valparaiso and Walkerton as well as Chicago, Illinois suburban areas of Frankfurt, Calumet City, Monee and Crete.

    To learn more about Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center or the need for UV protection in eyewear, eyeglasses or sunglasses you may call Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center at 866-522-3937, visit or or follow our eye care blog at

    CONTACT: Kelley Connors, Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center, 502 Marquette Street, Valparaiso, Indiana 46383, Phone: 866-522-3937 or email, kelley ( @ ) drsbuck dot com

    SOURCE: Medical Management Services Group, L.L.C.

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