Tips for Protecting Your Eyes From UV Damage
Ultraviolet radiation, often abbreviated as UV, comes from the sun and is often associated with sunburn and an increased skin cancer risk. Although most Americans are aware of the ability of UV to harm our skin, many are unaware of how it can affect our visual health. To promote the awareness of UV’s affect on our eyes and vision, Prevent Blindness America has declared the month of May as UV Awareness Month. Improve your awareness and learn to protect your eyes by reading through the tips below.
- Wear sunglasses
One of the most important ways that you can protect your eyes from ultraviolet radiation is to wear sunglasses during outdoor activities. Choose sunglasses that block out 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B rays. You may also consider using wrap-around sunglasses, as these provide more protection to both the eyes and the skin around them.
- Wear a hat
Wide-brimmed sun hats will not only help to shade your eyes, but they will also protect the skin on your face and neck from UV damage.
- Avoid hours of peak sunlight
When planning your outdoor activities, do your best to avoid the hours of peak sunlight between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you must be outside during these sunnier times, try to stay in the shade as much as possible.
- Speak with your doctor
Your primary care physician will recommend any additional measures that you may want to take to preserve your vision and protect your eyes from UV damage. Some prescription medications can increase your eyes’ sensitivity to light—if you think you might be taking such a medication, consult with your doctor.
At Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center , we understand the importance of preventive measures in maintaining the health of our community. If you would like to learn about other ways to stay well, contact our team of health care professionals at (702) 233-5300. Our nurses are available at any time, day or night, to answer your health-related questions.