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Protect your eyes from the heat of the summer

Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired (CABVI) and Clovernook Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired, two not-for-profit vision rehabilitation organizations in Cincinnati, are joining forces to remind the community to take care of their eyes this summer. Exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays increases the risk of macular degeneration, cataracts, pterygium, skin cancer around the eyelids and corneal sunburn. In order to avoid damage to the eyes, Prevent Blindness America (PBA) recommends wearing a wide brimmed hat or cap and eyewear that absorbs UV rays anytime you may be exposed sunlight. CEO of Clovernook Center, Robin Usalis states, “It’s important to note that people of all ages, including children, are at risk of damaging their eyesight if they are not taking the proper precautions when exposing themselves to sunlight.” According to www.preventblindness.org, the risk of sun related eye problems is higher for people who spend long hours in the sun, have had cataract surgery or have certain retina disorders or people who are on certain medicines, such as tetracycline, sulfa drugs, birth control pills, diuretics and tranquilizers that increase the eye's sensitivity to light. John Mitchell, executive director of CABVI shares, “Simple steps such as purchasing sunglasses that filter at least 99% – 100% of UV rays can greatly reduce the risk of damaging your eyesight from exposure to the sun. When selecting sunglasses to wear this summer, do your research and be sure you are maximizing your protection.” For additional information regarding visual impairments and available services, please connect with CABVI by visiting www.cincyblind.org or Clovernook Center at www.clovernook.org.

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