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Are You Increasing Your Risk of UV Damage to Your Eyes?
Did you know that your eyes may be at risk of permanent damage from the sun? Most people are aware of the dangers of sunburn, but ultraviolet light from the sun can also harm your eyes and affect your vision if you’re not careful.
To recognize UV Safety Awareness Month — and help you protect your eyes for the long term — we’re here to help you assess the level of risk UV light poses to your eyes.
Why is UV Light Dangerous, Anyway?
The sun gives off ultraviolet rays, high energy light that is invisible to the human eye. UV rays are separated into three different categories: UVA, UVB, and UVC rays. These rays come in various strengths, and while they often aren’t dangerous in lower quantities, overexposure to UV light can be hazardous.
UV rays can cause skin cancer and sunburn — that’s something most people know. A less publicized fact is that they can also do harm to your eyes and your vision. Overexposure to UV rays can lead to:
- Macular degeneration
- Pingueculae (bumps on the eye)
- Pterygia (surfer’s eye)
- Photokeratitis (snow blindness)
5 Questions to Ask Yourself to Determine Your Risk
1. Do You Spend A Lot of Time On or Near Water?
2. Do You Tan?
These consequences can also be caused by tanning beds and UV lamps. Tanning beds give off UVA and UVB radiation, which is capable of causing permanent skin and eye damage.
3. Does Your Family Have a History of AMD?
In addition, the more the eyes are exposed to UV radiation, the greater the risk of developing AMD. If any of your family members have AMD or if you’ve shown any other risk factors, it’s especially important that you stay vigilant about protecting your eyes from the sun.
4. Do You Take Certain Medications?
- Oral contraceptives
5. Do You Often Forget to Wear Sunglasses?
Protect Your Eyes from UV Damage with Eye Centers of Florida
It’s important to protect your eye health so that you can experience clear vision throughout your entire life. Whether or not you’re at a greater risk of developing radiation from UV rays, it’s essential that you take precautions to protect your eyes!
At Eye Centers of Florida, our experienced opticians can help you select sunglasses that will provide a safe range of UV protection and suit your lifestyle. Our optical shops carry a wide variety of sunglass brands and styles, available with prescription and non-prescription lenses, as well as Transition™ lenses.
If you have a genetic predisposition for AMD or are concerned about your risk for UV damage, our expert eye doctors are here to give you guidance so that you know what steps to take to live life with clear vision.