About UV Rays

People are generally aware of damage UV radiation has on their skin but they often don’t know the risk to their eyes. Contrary to other parts of your body, your eyes will never recover from this damage and cumulative damage can lead you to hazardous eye diseases.

The sun emits three kind of ultraviolet radiations, depending of their wavelengths: UVA, UVB and UVC.

These radiations are invisible to the human eye but can have disastrous effects on the human body. UVA represents 95% of UV radiation on the earth’s surface and induces sun tanning but also skin aging and can cause eye damage, especially in children. UVB only reaches the epidermis of the skin and causes sunburns, blistering, skin cancers and eye damage. UVC are the more harmful radiation but are filtered by the ozone layer.

The effects of UV rays are more damaging in the summer than winter. However, be careful with cloudy weather at any time of the year. Contrary to popular belief, UV rays can penetrate clouds. It is recommended to wear eye protection all year long.

Moreover, make sure that children have good eye protection, especially if they are less than ten years old. They are particularly exposed to severe eye damage as their eyes are not able to filter the sun’s UV rays.

The superior performance of Nikon lenses is aided by Nikon’s UV cut 400 process, which blocks harmful UV light. All Nikon single vision lenses, except 1.50 cut 100% of UVA, UVB & UVC.

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