Now that summer is here, It is important that you remember to shield your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays because the radiation from those rays can damage the surface of the eye. The damage from the sun accumulates so that over time, your eyes can get worse. Unprotected exposure to the sun can increase the risk of certain types of cataracts and cancers of the eyelids. UV rays can also damage the retina, the light-sensitive back lining of the eye, which could lead to significant vision loss.
Here are some tips that can help you protect your eyes from overexposure and damage from UV radiation:
- Wear sunglasses any time your eyes are exposed to UV radiation, even on overcast, cloudy days.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat, which can block up to half of the UV radiation.
- Look for quality sunglasses that actually shield your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays, blocking out 99-100% percent of UV radiation.
For more information on how to protect your eyes, visit our opticians at any of our offices! At Milauskas Eye Institute, we want to help protect your eyes and vision.