Protect your eyes from UV rays

Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in an influencer campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of HealthyWomen and VISTAKON® Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. and received a promotional item from Mom Central to thank me for taking the time to participate.


I stand outside and my eyes begin to water.

I squint to be able to see and still my eyes burn with the heat from the sun.

As I get older I notice my eyes are more sensitive than ever to the sunlight.  I never worried about sunglasses when I was younger and now I can’t hardly walk outside without them.  I never really thought about the need for sunglasses until recently.  It was never a thought in my mind that I could be damaging my eyes by not protecting them from UV rays.  Research has found that a significant amount of lifetime exposure to UV rays may occur by age 18 and that children’s annual dose of radiation may be up to three times that of adults.

Does that mean it was my own fault that my eyes are so bad and so sensitive now?  Possibly.

I’m trying to double time and protect my eyes as much as I can now, and protecting my kids eyes.  Luckily my kids don’t wear glasses yet, so it’s not hard to get them sunglasses that block UV rays.  I have worn glasses since the 5th grade, and am now using ACUVUE® OASYS® lenses (had them for years) and had no idea they have UV blocking built in!  I’m not taking that for granted though and still protecting my eyes as much as possible.  I love that you can get lenses that do protect, although long-term clinical studies have not been completed to show they do reduce the risk of any specific eye disease or condition.  

As with anything, you can’t rely on just ONE method for protection. Here are some ideas to help protect you (and your kids) eyes:

  • Wear UV-blocking sunglasses that completely cover the eye.
  • Choose darker-colored lenses.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat to shade your eyes.
  • Protect your eyes from reflective UV rays (water, grass, sand, etc) because they are more harmful than direct sun.

To learn even more about how to protect your eyes, visit:

If you are more of a fan of daily disposable lenses, ACUVUE® TruEye® are available with UV protection!

On a side note:

Did you know that only 2% of contact lens wearers follow the rules for safe wear?  Ugh, that means I’m probably doing something wrong.   Here’s some of the things I’ve been guilty of:

  • Stick to the recommended time frame for your lenses.  If they are a 2 week pair, don’t stretch them out to a month (SO guilty of this).  
  • Do not wear contacts while showering or swimming.  (Guilty, I like being able to see well in the shower…oops)
  • Remove your contacts prior to removing eye makeup.  (Guilty again, I can’t see what I’m doing, sigh).

It looks like I need to make some major changes to my eye routine.  Check out the Contact Lenses: Tips for Proper Wear & Care for more of the do’s and don’ts of lenses.


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