The sun has harmful effects on various parts of your body, including the eyes. It increases your risk of developing eye diseases, such as cataracts and cancer.
Read on as your local eye center, Lifetime Vision Source, discusses how ultraviolet radiation harms your eyes and how you can protect them.
What UV Does to Your Eyes
UV-A and UV-B radiation can have long and short-term effects on your eyes and sight. Excessive exposure over a short time can cause photokeratitis or sunburn of the eye, which can be painful. The condition is characterized by extreme light sensitivity and tearing. Luckily, the symptoms are temporary and rarely results in permanent eye damage.
Longer UV exposure means a greater risk of developing cataracts or age-related macular degeneration. It’s not certain how much solar radiation exposure is enough to cause damage so it’s important to keep your eyes protected. Consult your local optometrist for UV-protection eyewear and to keep track of your eye health.
Eye Protection Tips
You need a healthy amount of UV exposure for your circadian rhythm, mood stability and vitamin D production. Vitamin D is essential to your bone health and also beneficial to psoriasis patients.
Once you’ve had your daily dose of UV for your skin type, keep out of the sun. Stay in shaded areas when outdoors or use an umbrella. Sunglasses that block 100 percent of UV-A and UV-B can significantly help in protecting your eyes. Kids are also advised to wear UV blocking sunglasses since young eyes are more vulnerable to photokeratitis.
Different vision loss-causing eye diseases can be treated when detected early. Regular eye exams can help in monitoring your eye health and ensure you have the right prescription for glasses and contacts. Visit Lifetime Vision Source for your eye care needs. Our skilled optometrists specialize in pediatric eye exams, dry eye treatment, glaucoma management and more. Call us at (701) 864-3777 or complete our online form to schedule an appointment. We assist patients in Jamestown, ND.