For many of us, living a healthy, active lifestyle is very important. Whether it's getting the recommended 30 minutes of exercise three times a week or heading out on the boat with friends in the weekend, oxidative stress caused by the sun can cause eye health problems later on in life.
Sunlight, both UV radiation and blue light, damages the eyes over time and accelerates lens and retinal issues. It speeds up cellular breakdown and buildup, resulting in increased free radical activity, oxidative stress and cellular debris that the eye must resolve and remove. In a healthy eye, this is done readily. But as we age, resolving these problems gets more difficult and therefore, over time, results in the breakdown of healthy tissue in the eye lens and/or retina.
Anyone who spends time outdoors is at risk for eye problems from UV radiation. Risks of eye damage from UV and blue light exposure change from day to day and depend on several factors, including:
- Geographic location. UV levels are greater in tropical areas near the earth's equator. The farther you are from the equator, the lower your risk.
- Altitude. UV levels are greater at higher altitudes.
- Time of day. UV levels are greater when the sun is high in the sky, typically from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Setting. UV levels are greater in wide open spaces, especially when highly reflective surfaces are present, like snow and sand.
In fact, UV exposure can nearly double when UV rays are reflected from the snow. UV exposure is less likely in urban settings, where tall buildings shade the streets.
Surprisingly, cloud cover doesn't affect UV levels significantly. Your risk of UV exposure can be quite high even on hazy or overcast days. This is because UV is invisible radiation, not visible light, and can penetrate clouds.
One of the most effective ways of protecting your eyes from UV radiation is by simply wearing sunglasses but not all sunglasses are created equally. Here are a few tips to ensure your eyes are 'covered'
- Make sure it's 100%. Make sure your shades have 100% UV protection to filter both UVA and UVB rays—this is the most important thing you can do to save your eyes.
- Polarization is not the same as UV protection. Polarization reduces glare coming off reflective surfaces like water or pavement. This does not offer more protection from the sun, but can make activities like driving or being on the water safer or more enjoyable.
- Big is better! The more surface area your sunglasses cover the better, wraparound sunglasses are great as they protect from the sides as well.
While wearing sunglasses is the most effective way of protecting your eyes from UV radiation, it can be hard to be covered all the time. That's where MitoQ eye can help.
MitoQ Eye is a revolutionary eye health formula. Combining highest quality plant extracts, vitamins and minerals along with our standard 5mg of MitoQ in every capsule, MitoQ Eye helps to reduce the oxidative damage caused by exposure to UV radiation and blue light.