Just because helicopter pilots and passengers use 100% UV protection sunglasses does not mean their eyes are fully protected from the impact of light energy. It’s vital for those flying rotorcraft to better protect their eyes to prevent eye diseases from forming...
Helicopter windshields are bigger than those in other aircraft meaning more light passes through, placing additional light stress upon the eyes which need to neutralize that light during flight operations.
Of course, when we think of UV rays there is visible light and infrared hazard rays. The main problem is that people are not informed enough that blue light and infrared light can damage our eyes, too.
Today, the commonly held myth is that 100% UV protection provides adequate protection, but while the front part of the eye (the cornea and crystal lens) may be covered, the rear part of the eye (the irreplaceable macular and retina) remain unprotected from the impact of hazardous blue light rays.
Short-Term Investment Saves High Cost Long-Term
As much as 80% of our daily use of the five senses relates to the eyes. So why wouldn’t we seek to invest in their adequate protection? Light is energy, including the UV, visible rays of blue light and the invisible infrared light.
While the impact of light for a small period is low (it could be likened to a water drop), the cumulative impact over many years is substantial (imagine the accumulated impact of 50 years’ worth of waterdrops).
Though the impact on the lens can be measured at any time by an ophthalmologist, it is impossible to gauge the impact on the macular and retina over time.
While science and medicine are doing a great job in extending life expectancy, living longer opens up a whole new spectrum of eye-related deficiencies including Cataract, Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) or Retinal Detachment. It’s important to act now to lessen the impact of such diseases developing later.
Relatively speaking, investing in adequate eye protection now would prove a small investment compared to the £1,000 cost of Cataract surgery or several injections against ARMD later in life (people usually require 3-4 injections per year).
The adequate protection for helicopter pilots and passengers would be sunglasses protecting against UV, blue light and infrared, such as CARUSO Pilot sunglasses.
To win a pair of CARUSO Pilot sunglasses (worth £267), just answer the following three questions:
- Does UV damage the macular and retina?
- Can blue light damage the macular and retina?
- How strong can the lux from visible light be in your house versus the cockpit?
House: a) 300 lux; b) 5,000 lux; c) 35,000 lux; d) 71,000+ lux
Cockpit: a) 300 lux; b) 5, 000 lux; c) 35,000 lux; d) 71,000+ lux
Email your answers, along with your full address, preferred email and telephone number to [email protected] before December 2018 to be in with a chance of winning a pair of UK-patented CARUSO sunglasses. The time to act and protect your eyes correctly is now!