You have probably heard your entire life not to look directly into the sun because it can harm your eyes. If you haven’t heard that, then hopefully you haven’t been looking into the sun because it definitely can cause damage! Just like your skin burns after spending a few hours in the sun, your eyes can become irritated after spending hours in the sun as well if they aren’t properly protected. Keep reading below for more information regarding how UV Rays can harm your eyes.
UV-A vs UV-B Rays
UV-A rays can hurt your central vision which in turn can damage the central part of the retina at the back of your eye. UV-B rays can injure the front part of your eye like the cornea or the lens. These types of rays can cause more damage to your eyes than UV-A rays, however both rays are harmful.
Long-term UV Eye Diseases
By exposing your eye and the surround area to UV rays over a period of time, it can cause some serious eye health problems. These health problems include the following:
Cataracts: Up to 20% of all cataract cases are attributed to UV radiation. This means that 20% of all cataract cases could have been prevented!
Age-related macular degeneration: the macula is part of the retina that enables you to have sharp vision when reading or driving. High UV ray exposure at a young age can be associated with an early development of macular degeneration.
Cancer: by exposing your eye to the harmful UV rays, it could cause cancer of the eye, eyelid, and surrounding skin. Eyeball cancer is pretty rare, but skin cancer around the eyes is not. One-tenth of all skin cancers are found on the eyelid which could be attributed to being exposed to UV radiation.
Corneal Sunburn: This is the result of high short-term exposure to UV-B rays. Whether you have spent a long time at the beach or on the boat, without proper eye care you can experience this problem. Not only is it painful, it can cause temporary vision loss.
Needless to say, you should protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays. While the rays come from many directions, by wearing proper eye protection you can help to block the rays and protect your eyes and the area that surrounds it. If you don’t have any sunglasses, you can wear a wide brimmed hat to help keep the rays from making it to your eyes. The sun is not discriminatory and everyone can be affected by its harmful UV rays. Whether it is you, your children, or your grandparents, everyone needs to take the proper precautions to protect themselves from UV rays.
If you have recently noticed a decline in the quality of your eyesight, then visit Tri-County Eye Clinic. We offer a wide range of vision products and services in Biloxi, Mississippi and the surrounding area.
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