Brass Eye Center Post

Protect Your Eyes from UV Exposure While Driving
Posted on 11/10/2017

You probably already know that harmful UV-A and UV-B rays from the sun can cause skin cancer, damage your eyes, and lead to serious problems like cataracts – but these rays can pose a threat to your eyes in more places than you may expect. As a leading ophthalmologist practice serving the Albany, NY area, Brass Eye Center strives to do everything possible to help you preserve the health of your eyes. And while it may not be obvious, one of the most important things you can do is to protect your eyes while driving.

The Danger of Driving

Most people assume that because a car has a roof and windows, it closes you off from the sun, protecting your eyes and skin from UV rays. And for the windshield, that's generally true: most windshields effectively block more than 90% of UV rays. But that's not the full story.

Unfortunately, protection afforded by the driver's side window is far less secure. A study published in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology found that UV protection from a driver's side window was frighteningly inconsistent, and rarely reached high levels of blockage. While it's still better than nothing, this means that driving can expose your eyes to glaring, harmful UV rays that damage your vision and can lead to cataracts.

Protecting Your Eyes

So how can you prevent UV rays from damaging your eyes while driving? One of the simplest steps is to wear UV-blocking sunglasses. Sunglasses will ensure your eyes are safe no matter what the weather is like, and you can wear them both outside and in the car, making for a flexible form of protection.

In addition to sunglasses, it's crucial to maintain regular appointments with your Latham, NY eye doctor. During these appointments, we'll perform tests to measure your visual acuity, helping to track any changes in your vision over time, as well as perform comprehensive eye examinations to look for any problems or signs of cataracts. These regular, preventive appointments can help us spot problems early on, before they get too serious, allowing us to create proactive treatment plans with a higher chance of success.

Contact Your Albany, NY Eye Doctor

So next time you're heading to work or out on a Sunday drive, remember – you still need to be careful about protecting your eyes! And if you're ready to schedule your next eye checkup, we would love to help. Contact us today with any questions on eye health or to schedule an appointment for a checkup. We look forward to helping you maintain crystal clear vision for a lifetime!