On the Mountain: Get those sunglasses on | AspenTimes.com

On the Mountain: Get those sunglasses on

Kimberly NicolettiSummit County correspondent

SUMMIT COUNTY – Those baby blues are more sensitive to sunlight than brown eyes, but when it comes to high elevations, everyone should protect their eyes from ultraviolet radiation.Ultraviolet rays are stronger at high elevation, and that can damage eyes. The disorder is called pinguecla, and it involves a thickening of the white of the eye.The best way to prevent it is to wear sunglasses to minimize exposure to damaging rays, said optometrist Jason Jost of Dale Lervick and Associates in Dillon. It’s especially important to wear sunglasses on snow or water because the elements reflect sunlight, said optometrist Daniel Giovagnoli, of Eyes on Breckenridge.Unfortunately, if you’re an adult, you’ve received the majority of damaging ultraviolet exposure by age 18. But that doesn’t mean you should give up and not wear sunglasses, Jost said.

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