When it comes to your eyes, don’t let your guard down, advises the US Travel Insurance Association. Exposure to intense sunlight can cause problems for travelers at any time of year. Whether it’s a Caribbean beach trip or an alpine ski vacation, taking care of your eyes is especially important.
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, exposure to sunlight may increase the risk of cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, and eye growths such as cancer. To protect your eyes:
Be sure to buy 97% -100% UVA and UVB sunglasses
Know that lens color and darkness don’t necessarily correlate with the degree of protection
Choose wrap-around styles that block the sun from the side
For these and other important eye-saving tips, visit TRIP (trip.ustia.org). Developed by the US Travel Insurance Association as a public service, TRIP is designed to provide helpful information for anyone traveling. The TRIP acronym stands for “Travel Responsibly, Informed and Protected.” With a motto of, “Empowering you to travel safely,” the site offers useful articles, tips and links on various aspects of staying healthy, safe, and secure while traveling.
For more information on travel insurance and a listing of UStiA members, visit ustia.org.
Editor Note: This is the first out of a series of three press releases on travel and eye health from UStiA.