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Paddling on the Delaware? Don’t forget your UV protection

kayaking 1149886 1920For lots of people summer means hitting the Delaware River with a kayak or canoe. The Park behind Lambertville station is one of those spots that locals will tell you is a great place to launch a day on the river.

The Delaware offers calm water for families and beginners as well whitewater for adventure seekers.

One thing to be sure of while venturing out on the Delaware, or any body of water for that matter is the potentially harmful effects of UV rays on your eyes.

Studies show that exposure to bright sunlight may increase the risk of developing cataracts and growths on the eye, including cancer.

These risks are compounded when you add the UV reflection from the water.

Don’t let these risks deter you though from a day of fun in the sun on the river, simply take the proper precautions.

According to a national Sun Safety Survey conducted by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, only about half of people who wear sunglasses say they check the UV rating before buying. In order to protect yourself, we at Hopewell-Lambertville Eye Associates recommend the following:

Wear sunglasses that are “100% UV protection": Use only glasses that block both UV-A and UV-B rays and that are labeled either UV400 or 100% UV protection.

Choose wraparound styles so that the sun's rays can't enter from the side.

If you wear UV-blocking contact lenses, you'll still need sunglasses.