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Questions & Answers About Sun Protection

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Dr. Khan Answers Your Questions About Sun Protection

Q: What can a person do to protect herself from sun exposure??

Whenever she is outside! If there is daylight there are UV rays to protect your eyes from.

Q: What exactly are “ultraviolet rays?”

It is invisible high energy light that can cause damage in the eyes such as cataracts, pterygiums, and macular degeneration

Q: How can people protect themselves from the sun’s UV rays?

Use a good quality pair of sunglasses with a 100% UVA/UVB protective coating, also invest in good sunscreen to protect your skin.

Q: Are sunglasses an important part of a sun protection plan?

Absolutely! Think of sunglasses as sunscreen for your eyes.

Q: What type of sunglasses offer the best protection from UV rays?

A solid tint (grey or brown) with 100% UV protection

Q: I have heard about blue light being a concern as well. Can you talk a little bit about this and what it means for protecting your eyes?

Blue light is part of high energy visible light (HEV) and we are over-exposed to HEV from digital screens, indoor lighting, etc. It is known to suppress melatonin production and could possibly have an effect on the cells in your macula.

Q: I’ve heard of getting my skin sunburned, but can your eyes also get sunburned?

Absolutely. Solar keratitis is a sunburn of the eyes and can occur when one is outdoors on the water or snow without proper sun protection.

Q: Do darker sunglasses mean better sun protection?

Not necessarily. The tint in a pair of sunglasses is for comfort, the UV filter, a clear, colourless coating on the lens, does the work of providing sun protection.

Q: Does having a prescription make it harder to get the right sunglasses?

A pair of prescription sunglasses is a fantastic investment! Come visit our eyewear gallery to find the perfect frame that can easily accommodate your prescription!

Dear Patients,

Today, under directions from the College of Optometrists of Ontario, we have made the difficult decision to immediately suspend all non-urgent care,  due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our doctors will still be accessible for ocular emergency assessments case by case. The clinic is closed.

All non-urgent appointments will be canceled and rescheduled for a later date. For urgent care please DO NOT call or come to the clinic, but send an email to: for appropriate triaging.

For patients who need to order contact lenses, please continue to place your order request on our website at We encourage a 6-12 months’ supply of contact lenses to be ordered.

What consists of an emergency: Ocular Emergencies require an urgent visit within 24-48 hours. Please email our office should you experience:

  1. Chemicals splashed into the eye within the last hour
  2. Sudden loss or decrease in vision, or the appearance of a cloudy veil in front of the eye
  3. Foreign body in the eye, ocular injury or forceful trauma to the eye or surrounding area
  4. Sudden onset of halos around lights; especially if associated with a red painful eye or brow
  5. Sudden onset of flashing lights or floaters
  6. Sudden onset of double vision
  7. Red eyes with pain, light sensitivity or pus discharge
  8. Swelling of eyelid

If you are not sure if you are experiencing an ocular emergency please email our office at

 As this situation evolves, Milton Eye Care is committed to providing updates to our patients. While this is a difficult time for all, we are aspired by our patients who have taken their own personal measures to protect our most vulnerable. Thank you for your understanding. Please stay safe and healthy.

Warmest regards,

Milton Eye Care team