With the sun shining brightly in the summer months, it’s important to keep your eyes protected

Misty Watters, an Optometrist with the Mayo Clinic Health System in Sparta, said it’s necessary to use sunglasses with a larger size frame to properly block out the sun.

Watters also said 100% protection from UVA and UVB rays is what’s important, not the darkness of the sunglasses’ lenses.

Waters said sun damage can cause cataracts, damage to the retina, and cancer.

She said, “The sun can damage a lot of things. Sun can cause — we see a lot of skin cancer around the eyes because the light will bounce off the nose and kind of concentrate of the eye lid.”

Waters also said it’s important to keep the eyes of children protected because they don’t always think about protecting their own eyes, and sun damage can affect them later in life.