Florida is beautiful and we have about 365 days of bright sun a year. But with this great weather comes the danger you may not realize for your eyes. UVA and UVB rays are invisible rays contained in the sunlight in Florida, well actually anywhere the sun shines! These rays are what cause us to get sunburn and we use sunscreen to protect our skin. What about our eyes, it’s not like we can use sunscreen.
We need sunlight to enter our eyes so that we can see. So how can you protect your eyes while here in Florida?
Most of the UV light, which enters our eyes, are absorbed by the structure of the eye without damage. However both UVA and UVB are risk factors for the unfortunate development of cataracts. When you are in Florida you will likely notice the sun seems brighter and more intense, both of which are true.
How To Protect Your Eyes
The best way is with UV filters, which stop most of the harmful rays from entering your eyes. If you wear prescription glasses, most likely they have a built in UV filter. If you are not sure, check with your optometrist to make sure they do. If you have contacts, you might be surprised to know that many also have UV protection built in.
When you are out on the water paddle boarding you will probably have sunglasses on. This is an excellent way to protect your eyes and we recommend it. When you are on the water you get the sunlight directly to your eyes and the sunlight that is reflected off the water. In effect twice the sunlight and UV rays. If you are looking to purchase sunglasses, or you already have a pair, you might want to look for. a CE mark show that they are made to an agreed European standard. There is also a British standard for sunglasses which should be looked for when buying them British Standard BS EN ISO 12312-1.
Give us a call or complete our reservation form online before you head to Florida. We would love to show you some of the best places to paddle board in the world. Just don’t forget your sunscreen and sunglasses!