Protecting Your Eyes from UV Radiation

It’s the summer months and most people are spending more time outside enjoying the warm weather and beautiful sunshine. When spending time outside in the summer we all think to protect our skin from the ultra violet (UV) radiation with sun screen or protective clothing, but do you think to protect your eyes?

Exposing your eyes to UV radiation, either for excessive amounts for a short time or exposure over a long period of time, can increase your chances of causing damage to your eyes. Short term exposure can cause photokeratitis, like a sun burn of your eye. Long term exposure can raise the risk of developing cataracts or macular degeneration later in life.

There are certain risk factors that increase your exposure to UV radiation. These factors can be eye color, geography, seasonality, occupation, environment, altitude, and time of day. UV exposure is increased in the southern half of the United States and spending lots of time at the beach or skiing in the winter increases the amount of reflected UV radiation. When considering your summer time adventures, take these UV risk factors into consideration and remember to protect your eyes.

If you plan on spending a lot of time out doors enjoying the golden sun, always remember to wear your sunglasses. Wearing sunglass lenses that block out UV radiation and hats with visors are two of the best ways to protect your eyes from the harmful rays. Call one of our offices to find out more about the best sunglass lens for you!

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