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uv diagramThere is no shortage of information about ultraviolet rays (UV) and how prolonged, unprotected exposure to UV can lead to skin damage. It’s why we wear sunscreen when we’re in the sun for extended periods of time. Sunscreens offer various degrees of UV protection by filtering out or “blocking” the harmful, invisible UVA and UVB wavelengths of light.

But did you know the same, serious approach to protecting your skin also applies to your eyes? Watch a short video about UV rays.

UV protection is critical to eye health

Eye exposure to ultraviolet rays can cause damage your eyes. Over time, UV can contribute to serious age-related eye conditions or diseases. That’s why wearing lenses with maximum UV protection is so very important. Because UV rays are always present outdoors—on sunny days, cloudy days and every day in between.
 
Unlike sunscreen that you apply and reapply, eyeglass lenses and sunglasses can have ultraviolet protection built into the lens, or applied as a lens treatment. Remember, although UV is invisible to the human eye, it is always present. Your lenses, therefore, should always provide UV protection.
 
The most important thing you need to know about UV glasses is this: Be certain your eyewear provides near or exactly 100% UV protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Anything less is less than ideal for the short and long-term protection of your healthy sight.

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Foresight Eyecare

40 Country Hills Landing NW
Calgary, AB T3K 5P4
Phone: (403) 226-8881
Fax: (403) 263-8823
Emergency Contact: See an eye doctor in case of emergency, please phone our office at the number listed above and follow the instructions.
 

 

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I was extremely impressed with Dr Leong when I showed up at her office without an appointment in early May. I had noticed something odd with my 1-month old's son eye while I had been up with him the night before. There was a white reflection in his left eye. I of course had gone on the Internet and looked this up and had convinced myself that my son had retinablastoma (a type of cancer). Dr. Leong's receptionist was very gracious when this sleep deprived crazed mom showed up without an appointment. She let me know that Dr. Leong was not in yet. She often came in early and would be there shortly. Dr. Leong saw me immediately when she arrived. She was calm and reassuring when she examined my son, taking my concerns seriously. She quickly assessed that she suspected that my son had a cataract in his eye. She then tried to get him in to see an opthamologist that day. Unfortunately, the pediatric opthamologist was unable to see him. Dr. Leong then spent the day on the phone between her appointments trying to get him into the vision clinic at Alberta Children's Hospital. They were also unable to see me so Dr. Leong made me an appt with the opthamologist on call at the Rocky View Hospital the next day, which was of course the Saturday of the may long weekend. Her diagnosis was confirmed. I am happy to report that we have since seen the pediatric opthamologist at Alberta Children's Hospital and Drew's surgery dare is scheduled. Thank you Dr. Leong for working so hard to help Drew. Your commitment to getting Drew seen was admirable. We are unable to express how much your diligence and persistence has benefited Drew, our family and his sight. Thank You. - Michelle

 
 

 

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