The Link between UV Radiation and Eye Health

  • Posted on: May 2 2013
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Link between UV Radiation and Eye HealthSummer is on its way, which means more time spent outdoors and more exposure to the sun!  While you may know about the damaging effects the sun’s ultraviolet rays can have on the skin, many aren’t aware of the toll it can take on our eyes.  While short-term exposure to UV radiation can cause eye issues in and of itself, long-term exposure can cause more serious problems, particularly cataracts.

Cataracts are defined as a clouding of the eye’s lens, which can cause blurred vision, faded colors, glare or halos around lights, poor vision at night, double vision, and more.  Cataracts occur when protein builds up around the lens, thereby clouding it and blurring vision.  While it typically arises due to age, constant exposure to harmful UV rays from the sun can bring cataracts about much sooner.  While cataract surgery can be an effective way to gain back your vision, taking some simple precautions can help you avoid cataracts entirely.

Tips for Keeping Your Eyes Safe from the Sun

  1. Wear UV-blocking sunglasses. Investing in a good pair of UV-blocking sunglasses can help keep your eyes protected from the strong summer sun.  When looking for a pair, make sure the label states that it blocks 99-100 percent of UV-A and UV-B rays, as anything less may prove ineffective.
  2. Wear a wide-brimmed hat. A hat with a wide brim can be an effective way to help keep your eyes safe, especially when combined with sunglasses.  They provide an extra layer of protection by blocking the sun’s rays from entering through the sides or top of sunglasses.
  3. Stay protected, even on cloudy days. Harmful UV radiation can penetrate through clouds, making it important to stay protected even in overcast weather.

Ophthalmologist in Southern California

To learn more about the link between the sun and eye damage, contact us today to schedule a consultation.  Our offices are located in Lynwood, Downey, La Habra, and Whittier.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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