Summer is almost here, bringing warm weather and lots of time spent outdoors in the sun. By now, the importance of protecting your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays has been well documented. Your eyes are very delicate and can be irreparably harmed by sun damage.
Unlike other parts of your body, your eye’s lens will not heal when damaged by the sun’s rays. Cells that are damaged will not regenerate, and over time this damage can result in a variety of serious eye conditions and possibly vision loss.
Prolonged exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays without wearing protective lenses can increase your risk of developing the following conditions:
- Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
- Skin cancer near the eyes
- Pterygia – tissue growths on the whites of the eyes
- Photokeratitis – sunburned cornea
The sun’s UV rays are three times more powerful in the summer months, dramatically increasing the damage they can cause to your eyes. As a result, you should wear protective eyewear anytime you are outside during daylight hours. This is particularly true if you are outside between 10 am and 4 pm when the sun’s UV rays are strongest.
It is important to remember that not all sunglasses provide the same level of protection from harmful UV and blue light rays. To ensure optimal levels of protection, make sure you wear sunglasses that:
- Block 99-100% of UVA and UVB rays
- Block blue light rays
- Contain large lenses that fit close to your eyes
Remember, sun damage to your eyes has a cumulative effect throughout your life. The best way to reduce this effect is to start wearing good quality sunglasses now.
Please contact eyes.com today to find an experienced ophthalmologist in your area.