The sun emits ultraviolet (UV) rays that have been well-documented by researchers to have harmful effects. They may affect not only your skin, but also your eyes. As July marks UV Safety Awareness Month, Lifetime Vision Source, your provider of contact lens exam and other optometry services, discusses things you can do to protect your eyes from UV-related eye problems.
Understand Solar Radiation and Its Different Types
We believe that better understanding can lead to better visual health. Solar or UV radiation refers to the energy coming from the sun, which is largely electromagnetic in nature. It has three major classifications. The UVA rays have the lowest energy levels and longest wavelengths. Meanwhile, UVB rays have higher energy than UVA, but have lower energy than UVC. Lastly, the UVC rays are the most harmful, since they contain the highest energy. Fortunately, the ozone layer can easily absorb this type of UV ray.
Wear Sunglasses When Going Outdoors
Look for sunglasses that have a “100% UV Protection” or “UV 400” label. This means they can block up to 400 nanometers of both UVA and UVB rays. Your local vision center offers a wide selection of sunglasses that are made of high-quality materials and have the technology to optimally filter visible light, such as UV rays. You can also wear wide-brimmed hats and use umbrellas when you’re heading outdoors for your added protection.
Visit Your Eye Doctor Regularly
We can perform a comprehensive eye exam to check for any irregularities. We’ll also examine signs of UV-related eye problems. As trusted eye care providers, we have the knowledge, skills and instruments to detect and diagnose any visual changes caused by overexposure to UV rays.
During your visit, your eye doctor can also tell you about common eye conditions you may have to deal with when you stay too long in the sun. You can check out the first installment of this special blog to learn about them, as well. For more tips on protecting your eyes from the harsh UV rays, get in touch with us at (701) 864-3777 or fill out our contact form. We serve Medina, Valley City and other communities throughout ND.