UVA vs. UVB What’s the Difference?

UVA vs. UVB - what's the difference? Protecting your eyes

We know that there are supplements and food we can eat to help promote healthy eyes and we know practical ways to protect our eyes from the sun.  Amongst all the information we’ve learned have you ever found yourself wonder what’s the difference between UVA and UVB rays?  In today’s post we’re going to explore this question and leave you with some insightful information.

UVA – Long Term Effects

Dark spots, damaged skin, wrinkles?  These are the long term effects caused by UVA rays – unfortunately UVA rays are present year round no matter the season or weather.  Over your lifetime you are exposed to countless hours of UVA rays – penetrating deep into your skin it is responsible for common signs of aging.

UVB – On the Surface

If you’ve been sunburned you’ve felt the effect of UVB rays.  Unlike UVA rays UVB rays increases in strength over the summer months and decreases during winter. While it’s only at its strongest for a few short months, you should beware the UVB rays.  The effects can be seen on the surface of your skin by resulting in sunburn, however just under the surface it can cause cell damage.

Take Proper Precautions

We hope this post has been insightful to you and we wanted to leave you with a couple tips on how to take proper precautions against UVA and UVB rays.  We recommend protecting your eyes all year long by wearing sunglasses.  It’s important to make sure your sunglasses offer UVA (in addition to UVB) protection since exposure can cause long term damage to your eyes.  During the summer months we recommend staying indoors or properly protected from the sun between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm since this is when UVB rays are the strongest and pose the greatest threat to your eyes.

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