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Author Topic: PLEASE READ: Protect Your Eyes!  (Read 4808 times)
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« on: February 12, 2016, 07:57 PM »

I just got diagnosed today with PSC cataracts in both eyes, requiring surgery.
I can only assume this is related to all the times the wind seems to prefer blowing towards the sun.
Transition glasses were not sufficient to protect me. 3-4000 dollars later the fog should hopefully be removed from my vision.

Please wear quality dark uv protection sunglasses when flying towards the sun and protect yourself from the problem I am now having to deal with!

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« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2016, 08:09 PM »

wow, so sorry for the news.  Thanks for the words of caution.
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« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2016, 08:51 PM »

bummer about your eyesight. the good news? there's a treatment solution! hope everything goes smoothly for you.
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« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2016, 12:08 AM »

good luck with the procedure, I know a few people who have had it done, they're happy with the results. And yes, I keep a pair of glacier glasses in my kite bag... hoping to postpone the inevitable...
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« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2016, 08:50 AM »

The last time I had an eye exam the optometrist asked me if I spent a lot of time in the sun.  I of course immediately wanted to know why she asked.  While it was not yet serious there was some damage and she cautioned me to be sure to wear "good" sun glasses.  Well I'm a So Cal beach flier and have always worn "shades" but now I've added some decent sun glasses to the UV protection package which not only includes sunscreen but long sleeve shirts with built in UV protection.  Yep been to the dermatologist as well Sad  I certainly +1 Dano's warning.
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« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2016, 10:01 AM »

I have always used good quality glasses, ever since a young age. My eyes are very light sensitive. RayBans, Oaklys, Revos are all glasses that I have been happy with, but recently I found myself wanting more. I found these serious Glacier glasses that are really too dark for most outdoor activities, but perfect for kite flying in the bright sun. They stay in the kite bag, and when the everyday glasses just don't cut it, I switch them out for these...

https://www.julbo.com/en/16/products/family/sunglasses_5.html

I got the 'Vermont' model, but they have a wide range of styles, and they start out at pretty reasonable prices. Cheap insurance in the long run, I say.
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« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2016, 10:14 AM »

This has been one of the few advantages of being a life long eyeglass wearer. After a few years of kite flying I asked my ophthalmologist if I should be wearing sunglasses. He said "not for UV protection, but sure if the bright light is uncomfortable". Any polycarbonate lens, even clear ones, blocks 100% of UV.

Fortunately I've never been very sensitive to bright light, so I've only worn clip on shades a few times for all day sessions on bright sand. Seemed to help with overall fatigue, but it was much more hassle to get used to than it was worth.
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