Taking every precaution with your eyes is an important step in the prevention of vision problems and eye diseases. Many of us know the harmful effects the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can have on our skin but did you know UV rays are also harmful to your eyes?
If you spend extended periods of time in the sun you could be putting your eyes at risk of developing cataracts, macular degeneration, and many other vision problems including vision loss from UV rays. UV rays can damage both the surface of the eye and the interior of your eyes no matter what your age. Therefore it is important to get in the habit of protecting your eyes from a young age.
UV rays do not only come directly from the sun. They can be reflected during all seasons off surfaces such as snow, sand, and water. Obviously the risk is higher in the summer time when we spend more time outdoors and the sun is shining a greater amount of time but it is important to protect your eyes during those winter months too! Also, keep in mind that between 10 am – 3 pm the sun poses the biggest threat so take extra precautions between these hours.
To protect your eyes from ultraviolet radiation it is important to wear sunglasses that block 100 percent of UV rays (look for sunglasses that are labeled “UV 400”). Also, ensure that your sunglasses fit close to your face to prevent UV rays from sneaking in the sides or top of your glasses.
Additionally, wearing a hat (i.e. sun hat, baseball hat) can help shield your eyes from the sun and protect them from the harmful UV rays the sun emits.
If your vision has been affected or if you require eye care visit Cincinnati eye doctor, Charles Breen, ophthalmologist, at 7370 Turfway Rd. 3rd Floor, St. Elizabeth Medical Office Building, Florence, KY 41042.
This article is provided as an information resource and is not intended to replace advice from a qualified ophthalmologist. In all cases, contact your ophthalmologist for advice on any matter referenced in this document before making any decisions.