Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. Offers New Patient Education Resource On the Importance of Protecting Eyes from UV Exposure
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (June 19, 2014) – It’s just as important to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays as it is to shield your skin. Yet many families are uninformed about sun protection and unaware of the risks of not taking simple, important steps to help protect their eyes from ultraviolet (UV) exposure year-round.
To assist eye care professionals in educating parents, caregivers and others about the risks that may be associated with UV exposure to the eyes and steps they can take to minimize UV exposure, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. has launched a free educational resource, The Sun & Your Eyes: What You Need to Know.
“By helping patients become better educated about the potential year-round risks of exposure to the eyes to UV rays and the importance of choosing proper eyewear that provides comprehensive UV protection, we can lessen the risk for ocular UV exposure and help protect the long-term eye health of our patients and their families,” says Millicent Knight, OD, Head of Professional Affairs, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. North America.
The Sun & Your Eyes: What You Need to Know includes important information on the unexpected sources of UV radiation exposure, as well as straightforward, practical advice for reducing the risks of UV exposure. It also offers guidance on what to look for in selecting sunglasses to help protect eyes from the sun, along with information about UV-blocking+* contact lenses, which can provide an important measure of additional protection for individuals who wear contact lenses.
The Sun & Your Eyes: What You Need to Know can be viewed or downloaded in the Education and Resources section of www.ACUVUEProfessional.com . Printed copies (50 sheets per tear pad) are also available by request by writing to [email protected] . Make sure to include your name and mailing address with all requests.
About Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. is committed to creating life-long solutions to vision care needs. Since the ACUVUE® Brand made its debut in 1987 as the world’s first disposable soft contact lens, the company has repeatedly brought innovative, quality, and scientific advancements to the industry. Headquartered in Jacksonville, FL, U.S., the company has some 3,000 employees worldwide. For additional information, visit www.jnjvc.com.
ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses are indicated for vision correction. As with any contact lens, eye problems, including corneal ulcers, can develop. Some wearers may experience mild irritation, itching or discomfort. Lenses should not be prescribed if patients have any eye infection, or experience eye discomfort, excessive tearing, vision changes, redness or other eye problems. Consult the package insert for complete information. Complete information is also available from VISTAKON® Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., by calling 1-800-843-2020 or by visiting www.ACUVUEProfessional.com.
†Helps protect against transmission of harmful UV radiation to the cornea and into the eye.
* WARNING: UV-absorbing contact lenses are NOT substitutes for protective UV-absorbing eyewear such as UV-absorbing goggles or sunglasses because they do not completely cover the eye and surrounding area. You should continue to use UV-absorbing eyewear as directed. NOTE: Long term exposure to UV radiation is one of the risk factors associated with cataracts. Exposure is based on a number of factors such as environmental conditions (altitude, geography, cloud cover) and personal factors (extent and nature of outdoor activities). UV-Blocking contact lenses help provide protection against harmful UV radiation. However, clinical studies have not been done to demonstrate that wearing UV-Blocking contact lenses reduces the risk of developing cataracts or other eye disorders. Consult your eye care practitioner for more information.