The American Optometrist Association recently stated that:
"The longer the eyes are exposed to solar radiation, the greater the risk of developing cataracts, eye cancer, pterygium (surfer’s eye) or macular degeneration later in life." Link
As we spend more and more time outside, enjoying the sun and soaking up its warmth, it's important to remember to protect our eyes from the harmful effects of UV rays.
What are UV rays?
UV (ultraviolet) rays are a type of electromagnetic radiation that comes from the sun. There are three types of UV rays: UVA, UVB, and UVC. UVC rays are absorbed by the Earth’s atmosphere and never reach the surface, so we don’t have to worry about them. UVA and UVB rays, however, do reach us and can cause damage to our eyes and skin.
How can you protect your eyes from UV rays?
The good news is that there are many things you can do to protect your eyes from UV rays. Here are some tips:
Wear sunglasses: Look for sunglasses that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays. Wraparound styles are best, as they block UV rays from the side as well.
Wear a hat: A wide-brimmed hat can help protect your eyes from UV rays that come in from above.
Stay in the shade: If possible, stay in the shade during the hottest part of the day (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
Use sunscreen: Apply sunscreen to your face and eyelids to protect your skin and eyes from UV rays.
Get regular eye exams: Regular eye exams can help detect and treat problems caused by UV radiation.
Sometimes it feels like the world is out to get us. The good news is we can take steps to control the risks. The next time you head outside, be sure to grab your sunglasses and hat, and enjoy the sun safely.
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