Sun Safety For Eyes

Sun Safety For Eyes
Posted on 06/25/2020
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Sun Safety For EyesIt's a beautiful sunny day, and you're going to spend it outside. You know to slather on the sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun's damaging rays, but did you prepare for sun eye safety? While the sun's damage may be more apparent on your skin, the damage to your eyes is just as dangerous.

The experts at Brass Eye Center want to make you aware of the dangers of sun exposure to your eyes, as well as providing tips on how to protect your eyes.

Types of Sun Damage

There are two types of sun rays that can damage your eyes — UVA and UVB. UVA rays can impact your central vision causing damage to the macula, which is part of the retina in the back of your eye. UVB rays are the rays that can cause sunburn to your skin, but they can also damage your cornea and lenses.

If you are frequently in the sun without eye protection, radiation exposure can lead to:

  • Macular degeneration
  • Cataracts
  • Pterygium
  • Cancer of the eyelids
  • Corneal sunburn

How to Practice Sun Eye Safety

Most people think they're fully protected once they put on their shades, but that may not be the case. Follow these eye protection tips to prevent damage to your eyes:

Selecting the Right Sunglasses

You don't want to buy sunglasses just for style; you'll want to make sure they are labeled with "100 percent UV protection" or "UV 400." You should also pick sunglasses with larger lenses to avoid rays from coming in on the top or the sides of your sunglasses. Brass Eye Center has a wide selection of eyewear that is specifically designed to protect your eyes from the sun.

Wear a Hat

In addition to your sunglasses, you should also wear a brimmed hat because it will block approximately half of the UV rays. There are hats you can purchase that also have UV ratings.

Limit Your Time in the Sun

The sun is most damaging between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so you should try to avoid the sun during this time to prevent eye damage. Look for some shade, so that you are not always in direct sunlight. Also, don't be fooled when it's cloudy, UV rays are still out there, so you should still protect your eyes even when it's cloudy.

Don't Gaze Directly at the Sun

Looking directly at the sun, even with eyewear, can cause retinopathy, which is a type of retina damage that is caused by solar radiation. This also includes when there is a solar eclipse.

See Your Albany, Clifton Park and Latham Eye Doctor Today!

If you have more questions about sun eye safety or want to schedule an appointment, contact us. Our eye doctors will be happy to answer your questions. Also, stop by to visit our eye shop, where our expert team can help you select the best eyewear for sun safety