Protect your eyes from the harsh summer sun

UV radiation from the sun isn’t just a danger for your skin. Your eyes can also be damaged by UV rays, and the more they are exposed, the more damage is likely to be done. Even short periods of sun exposure can cause a condition called photokeratitis, which is similar to a sunburn. Over time, sun exposure is linked to macular degeneration, cataracts, and even cancer of the eye. See a physician if you are experiencing any signs of problems with your eyes so that you can receive treatment that could prevent further damage. Take these steps to protect your eyes from sun-related damage.

Wear protective sunglasses
Sunglasses are more than a fashion statement—they are actually an important part of preventing eye damage. However, to get the protective benefits , you have to choose the right kinds of sunglasses. Be sure your glasses:

  • Block 99-100% of UVA and UVB rays
  • Block 75-90% of visible light
  • Have lenses that are all one color and don’t have distortion
  • Have lenses that are gray so that you can recognize colors

If you wear glasses for vision, talk to your physician about prescription sunglass lenses. If you work outside or otherwise spend a great deal of time outdoors, you may benefit from wrap-around lenses.

Have regular eye exams
If you do have sun damage to your eyes, getting treatment can help to prevent it from worsening. See your physician for regular eye exams, so he or she can diagnose any sun-related eye conditions you may have, often before they even cause symptoms.

Your physician can also help you understand your risk of sun-related eye damage. For instance, if you work outside or have a pre-existing eye condition, your eyes may be more vulnerable to damage and you may need to take additional steps to protect them.

Are you behind on your eye exams? Contact Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center for a physician referral in Las Vegas to a provider who can help you manage your eye health. Call us today at (702) 233-5300 to request a referral.

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