Ultraviolet (UV) Protection and Your Eyes
- Posted on: Dec 15 2015
We’ve all heard the warnings: ultraviolet (or UV) rays are harmful to your skin, and most of us heed this advice by regularly applying sunscreen and covering up, especially in the summertime. But did you know that the sun’s rays can also damage your eyes? In fact, ultraviolet rays can cause serious eye conditions like cataracts and macular degeneration which can lead to vision loss and blindness. UV rays do not discriminate. They can hurt the eyes of the young and old, male and female.
There are three types of UV radiation:
- UV-C rays pack the highest energy and can be the most dangerous to your eyes and skin. Luckily, UV-C rays are blocked by the ozone layer.
- UV-A and UV-B radiation can have both short- and long-term effects on your eyes and your vision. They pierce the atmosphere and contribute greatly to premature skin aging, eye damage, and skin cancers.
Protecting Your Eyes from UV Rays
One of the best tools to protect your eyes from UV radiation is also a beloved fashion accessory: sunglasses. These trusty shades can protect your eyes from the sun year-round. Not all sunglasses provide UV protection. To make sure you’re getting the proper UV protection, look for sunglasses that block 100% of UV rays. And remember: the sun can be just as damaging on a cloudy day.
It’s also a good idea to wear a broad-brimmed hat for added protection from the sun, and avoid direct sun when the UV rays are the strongest – between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The best line of defense in identifying and treating eye problems caused by the sun and other factors is early detection. It’s important to see your doctor every year for a complete eye exam.
Are You Interested In Learning More About How to Protect Your Eyes From the Sun?
For more information about UV protection, and any of our other treatments and services, contact Dr. Giyaur today to book your appointment. We are conveniently located in Brooklyn and Rego Park, or by calling 718-676-6464.
Posted in: Brooklyn Eye Care