Every day - whether it is sunny or cloudy, and despite the season - we are exposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. Most of the time we don't even realize it, as UV radiation is invisible to the eye. However, out of sight should not mean out of mind when it comes to UV radiation.
Just as sun can damage your skin - burning, wrinkling, skin cancer and premature aging. The sun can be just as nasty on the eyes. Too much unprotected exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV) can cause "photokeratitis." Just like a sunburn on our skin, photokeratitis is sunburn of the eye. It hurts, makes the eyes red, sensitive to light and tearful. These symptoms usually clear up quickly and cause no permanent damage to the eye.
However - you knew this was coming - unprotected exposure over long periods of time can and often does damage the eye, and the effects aren't good. This exposure can greatly increase the chances of cataracts (a clouding of the lens of the eye) and damage to the retina. Both conditions can seriously impair vision, and it is rarely possible to reverse either.
Adults and children alike are subject to the effects of the UV rays. Over time these rays can cause severe damage to the eyes. Fortunately, this damage can be prevented by wearing UV eye protection. If you wear prescription eyeglasses, you can also use your prescription for sunglasses.
Adults need to take precaution when they are in the sun. Before you go out without a pair of sunglasses again take note of the facts about UV damage.
- Certain medications, such as birth control pills, sulfa drugs, diuretics and tranquilizers can increase your risk to eye disease or impairment.
- Damage can include blurred vision, change in color vision or difficulty seeing at night.
- UV rays can cause macular degeneration, cataracts, and cancer among other diseases.
Furthermore, the damage from harmful UVA and UVB radiation is cumulative over a person's lifetime and may contribute to serious age-related diseases of the eye and sensitive areas around the eye. Because the damage is cumulative, it is important to protect eyes every day in all light conditions.
Protecting yourself and your children from the effect of UV rays on your eyes is easy! Wearing sunglasses with 100% UV protection is the best way to shield your eyes from the sun as well as dirt, dust and other particles that can irritate the eyes. Let us assist you in finding a pair of sunglasses to fit your vision needs and your lifestyle.
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