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Why You Should Care About the UV Index

POSTED ON August 25, 2011

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Did you know that where you live affects the amount of UV exposure you get every day? Here in Indiana we experience different exposure than our friends in Florida or California …but don’t be fooled. Just because you don’t live in a warm climate doesn’t mean you’re exempt from UV exposure. The National Weather Service and EPA developed the UV Index in more than 50 U.S. cities to indicate the strength of solar UV rays on a scale from 1 (low) to 11 (extremely high). According ...

Did you know that where you live affects the amount of UV exposure you get every day?

Here in Indiana we experience different exposure than our friends in Florida or California …but don’t be fooled. Just because you don’t live in a warm climate doesn’t mean you’re exempt from UV exposure.

The National Weather Service and EPA developed the UV Index in more than 50 U.S. cities to indicate the strength of solar UV rays on a scale from 1 (low) to 11 (extremely high). According to The Vision Council, the UV Index takes into account clouds and other local conditions that affect the amount of UV radiation reaching the ground in different parts of the country. You can easily look up the UV Index in your area by clicking here and entering your zip code or city.

You can’t hide from UV rays! Indiana eye doctors say they are always present. They come directly from the sun and are divided into several categories. UVA rays account for 95% of the radiation that hits the earth. They are less harmful than UVB rays, but are 30 to 50 times more prevalent. UVB rays cause skin reddening and sunburn and are the main cause of skin cancer.

Make sure you guard your eyes from both UVA and UVB rays with Purifier® polarized sunglasses! Protecting your eyes is essential to long-term eye health. The UV index is important to you …no matter where you live.

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