The HEALTH : May 2019 | Page 26

Th e HEALTH | MAY, 2019 EYE HEALTH 26 VISION 2020 Are your sunglasses providing enough UV protection? We all know that sunscreen helps protect our skin from those harmful ultraviolet rays. But what about our eyes, is slapping on a pair on sunglasses really do the trick? T HE Health met up with three industry experts, Association of Malaysian Optometrists President, Woon Pak Seong, Professor Dr Azrin Esmady Ariffi n, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Student Aff airs & Dean Faculty of Optometry & Vision Science of Segi University and Zoey Lam, the National Sales Manager of Johnson & Johnson to get the low down on why we need more than just sunglasses. Knowing your A, B and C’s “Th e sun emits three diff erent types of UV radiation, UVA, UVB, and UVC. UVC is not really a threat because it is absorbed by the ozone layer – however if you are in a place where the ozone layer is depleted, then it’s a cause for concern. UVC goes right into the eye and onto the retina. UVB however tends to be absorbed by the interior structures of the eye and is often associated with cataract,” explains Dr Azrin. Standard sunglasses may not be enough/Sunglasses only provide partial protection So if you’re sporting a pair that boasts 100 percent UV protection, you’re golden, right? Wrong. Th e reality is sun light is everywhere and enters the eyes from all angles, UV light still reaches the eyes even when tra- ditional sunglasses are worn due to side and backside exposure. “A lot of people have the preconceived notion that UV rays come from the front, so the sunglasses will protect them. However UV rays come from all directions, so when it enters from the side of sunglasses. Th is is called the peripheral light focusing eff ect and it can actually be just as hazardous to the eyes as direct sunlight,” explains Lam. According to Lam, many sunglasses styles do not protect the eyes from the solar radiation entering from the sides or around sunglasses. When the light rays come from the side, because it is transparent and has no form of protection, the damage done to the eyes can be ten to twenty times worse than direct sunlight. “Th is can lead to cataract at an older age. Unfor- tunately there are conditions where if the person is exposed to a high amount of UV rays over a period of time – and they can develop cataract at an earlier age.” Second line of defense (From left) Zoey Lam, Professor Dr Azrin Esmady Ariffi n, and Woon Pak Seong. Cataract and other eye diseases are not simply just diseases that develop at later stages in life. They are an accumulation throughout years – this is why we need to educate our children on the importance of taking care of their eyes.” VOL 2: 09 | Month of January, 2019 | RM5.00 | PP19292/03/2018 (034850) | Month Of January, 2019 Pacemaker for the pregnant PET-CT Scan is 90% more accurate PET-CT Scan is a type of imaging device which combines radiopharmaceuticals, a specialized camera lens, and an advanced computer system to detect abnormalities in our bodies. – p09 Plus: Special pullout – IJN CLEAN AIR, our right T obacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the world. Apart from the harms smoking causes to smokers, exposure to second-han d smoke is a major public health hazard. Everyone has the right to breathe. Clean air is our fundamental right. Th e Health supports the Blue Ribbon Campaign to inform smokers and non-smokers alike about tobacco smoke’s harms. – p08-11 2019 Budget Highlights Wonder Women – p12-13 – p14&15 – p20 2019 Budget for health- Malaysian fertility care aims for impact in jeopardy Exclusive Planning motherhood years in advance RISING FROM POVERTY TO A REVERED TYCOON – p22&23 Pregnant woman with heart condition gets pacemaker through 3D mapping system. – p05 The cure for weak hearts People living with heart failure faces eternal hardship in life, as they will be subjected to all life-risking problems, even with the use of pacemakers, those whose hearts are tremendously weak will not live a comfortable life. – p04&05 Sunglasses are a good form of ultraviolet ray protec- tions when the rays come from the front. However Lam recommends that its best for wear a contact lens that provides UV ray protection with the addition of sun- glasses. UV contact lenses absorb ultraviolet radiation, limiting the amount that reaches the surface of your eye. Th e contact lenses also function as an additional layer of protection from the radiation that sneaks in from the top or sides of sunglasses. Awareness since young “Cataract and other eye diseases are not simply just diseases that develop at later stages in life. Th ey are an accumulation throughout years – this is why we need to educate our children on the importance of taking care of their eyes,” says Woon. — Th e Health