Every one knows that exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can cause sunburn to your skin and that extended exposure can lead to skin cancer, right? Did you also know that the sun can have harmful effects on your eyes???
When you spend a full day outside on a bright sunny day without protection for your eyes, you may notice they are swollen or red or may be very sensitive to light. This is a temporary condition and will usually improve when you are out of the sun for a period of time.
But, exposure to the sun’s rays through the years without protection can lead to other, more serious, problems. You can develop cancers of the e
ye or eyelid, cataract development and macular degeneration risks can be accelerated.
Since the Florida sun can have such a dramatic effect on our eyes, we recommend sun protection for all of our patients when outdoors. The American Optometric Association has recommendations for you to consider when you purchase sunglasses:
- Sunglasses should block 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B rays
- Sunglasses should screen out 75 to 90 percent of visible light
- Sunglasses should be well matched in color and absorption and free of distortion and imperfection
- Sunglass lenses should be gray to provide the least interference with color vision.
You may visit the American Optometric Association website AOA.org for more information.