We’ve all had Manfred Mann’s 1976 mega hit stuck in our heads at one time or another (you’re welcome for that!), but Anderson Cooper recently opened up about learning the importance of UV light protection the hard way.  While on a 60 Minutes assignment in Portugal, Cooper sustained retinal burns from not wearing UV protection while on the water.  Even though he is fine now, Cooper was temporarily blinded for 36 hours.

The medical name for what he experienced is photokeratitis, and  it is like a “sunburn of the eye”.  Photokeratitis may be painful and include symptoms such as red eyes, a foreign body sensation or gritty feeling in the eyes, extreme sensitivity to light and excessive tearing. Fortunately, this is usually temporary and rarely causes permanent damage to the eyes. While Cooper’s injury was short lived, it is important to avoid long term damage from UV exposure that may result in early cataracts or macular degeneration.  Regardless if you are young or old, wear glasses, contacts, or nothing at all, the best way to protect your retinas is by wearing sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection.  UV radiation doesn’t discriminate,  so be sure to wear protection even on overcast days.

The good news is that sunglasses are not only a fashion statement, but are functional and practical for protecting your eyes.  Need something for baseball or cycling? Come by our eye center and check out our vast Oakley collection.  Are Vogue and In Style magazines more up your alley?  If so, the Overland Park Eye Center carries designers like Gucci, Prada, Coach, and Tory Burch.  Classic or Retro more your vibe?  Then Ray-Ban is your answer.  Spring is just around the corner, so let us help you avoid UV damage in style.

For stylish protection from the sun, visit the Overland Park Eye Center or call (913) 345-2020.