Summer brings more people outdoors and into the sunlight. While it’s a wonderful experience that can invigorate your mind and body, it’s also important to remember that bright light can damage eyes. The sun produces UV radiation that can cause serious health problems like increased risk of cataracts, cancer, and growths in eyes.
- UV Eye Safety Tip 1- Wear the right sunglasses:
Choosing the right sunglasses should be about more than just style. Look for a pair that also provides UV protection. You should see a label or sticker that says “100% UV Protection” or “UV400.”
- UV Eye Safety Tip 2- Bring your own shade:
You can bring your own eye shade by wearing a wide-brimmed hat. The hat will provide a shield for your eyes and your face. It’s best to have both a hat and sunglasses so you’re covered when moving your head or walking around.
- UV Eye Safety Tip 3- Protect your eyes on cloudy days:
There is a misconception that clouds will block UV rays. This is not true. You are still at risk, even if the sun is covered by clouds. The rays penetrate cloud cover and still reach the Earth.
- UV Eye Safety Tip 4- Check medications for UV-related side effects:
If you take prescription medications, check the label for possible UV-related side effects. Some medications make eyes even more vulnerable to UV light. The list includes birth control pills, estrogen pills, antibiotics, and psoriasis medications that contain psoralen.
- UV Eye Safety Tip 5- Never stare into the sun:
This may be the most obvious tip on the list, but it’s important to reiterate: never stare into the sun. Doing so can burn holes in your retinas and cause an irreversible condition known as solar retinopathy.
If you have questions about UV rays and your eyesight or are concerned you may have experienced damage, contact Ophthalmic Specialists of Michigan to schedule a comprehensive, dilated eye exam.