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*UV Safety Month
Sun Safety for your Eyes

UV Safety Month is a great time to learn more about UV safety. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the main cause of skin cancer. UV rays can also damage your eyes.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology wants everyone to be more aware of sun safety and protecting your eyes while outside in bright sunlight. Here are some facts and tips:

Who’s at Risk
Anyone can get skin cancer, but the risk is greatest for people with:

  • White or light-colored skin with freckles
  • Blond or red hair
  • Blue or green eyes


How to Protect Yourself
You can take these steps to help prevent skin cancer:
  • Stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher.
  • Cover up with long sleeves and a hat.
  • Check your skin regularly for any changes. Try this helpful link for more information.


*Information courtesy by Health Net



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