Staying in the sun promotes vitamin D production in your skin. However, too much exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can be harmful. Not only does it put you at risk of developing various skin conditions, it can also cause eyesight problems.
As we observe UV Safety Awareness Month this July, your eye specialist from Park Slope Eye shares tips on protecting your eyes this summer.
Understand How UV Rays Can Affect Your Vision
There are three major types of UV rays: UVA, UVB and UVC rays. UVA rays are the longest, with the lowest energy frequencies. Studies have linked them to retinal changes. UVB rays are mid-length, with medium energy levels. They are often associated with skin and corneal sunburn. Lastly, UVC rays have the shortest wavelengths and highest energies, most of which are absorbed by the ozone layer.
Visit Your Optometrist
Most UV-related eye problems are asymptomatic at first, which is why it’s essential to visit your eye care clinic routinely. Your optometrist has the knowledge, skills, experience and instruments to identify signs of UV-induced visual changes. The earlier we identify UV-related eye problems, the more effective our treatment will be.
A common misconception about solar radiation is that it’s only present on bright, warm days. The truth is UV rays are present all the time, whether it’s a sunny or overcast day. This is why you should always wear sunglasses when spending time outside. Look for sunglasses with a UV 400 or 100% UV Protection sticker or tag. This means they block both UVA and UVB radiation.
At Park Slope Eye, we have a large selection of sunglasses made of high-quality materials from trusted optical brands. Your eye care specialist can help you find a pair that provides excellent visual protection. Rest assured we’ll consider your lifestyle, preferences and current eye condition.
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