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Protecting Yourself From The Sun’s UV Rays

March 29, 2024

We all look forward to a chance to bask in the warmth of natural sunshine. And soaking up some rays can be beneficial in some circumstances. But how do you know when it can harm your vision, and whether the outdoors is the only place where the sun’s powerful UV rays can inflict damage? Our ophthalmologist at Retina and Uveitis Center, a highly skilled expert in all aspects of the health of your eyes, has some answers.

Besides being a natural mood enhancer, moderate exposure to the sun helps our bodies produce vitamin D, an important nutrient. But overexposure to UV rays can cause cataracts, macular degeneration, growths on the eye and contribute to eye cancer.

Be sure to wear sunglasses that block 99-100% of two types of UV rays: A and B. Remember that UV rays are present even on cloudy days. Talk to our ophthalmologist about the different lens colors and coatings that are available. Consider wraparound sunglass styles that block rays from entering around the frames, and donning a wide-brimmed hat. If you wear contact lenses with UV protection, be aware that you may still need to wear sunglasses.

Did you know that UV rays can still sneak into your vehicle, even through protective glass? Yes, it’s far less than what you’d be exposed to outdoors, but it can still cause some health effects. We advise always wearing sunglasses while driving, even though the windshield may be treated to block out UV rays, because side and rear windows are typically not protected in this fashion. 

Scheduling regular eye exams with our ophthalmologist at Retina and Uveitis Center is the best way to ensure that you’re protecting your eyes from UV damage. Our comprehensive examination uses the most advanced diagnostic equipment to safeguard every aspect of the health of your eyes and the quality of your vision. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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