Long-term exposure to bright sunlight, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, may increase the risk of cataracts and eye growths, including cancer. July is UV safety month.
UV rays reflected off sand and water can cause sunburn in the eyes, which can result in temporary blindness in just a few hours. This July, in honor of UV Safety Month, the American Academy of Ophthalmology reminds the public to protect their eyes from the sun’s harmful rays by wearing 100% UV-blocking sunglasses and broad-brimmed hats.
The following are some tips:
- Don’t be concerned with the color or darkness of your sunglasses’ lenses: Choose UV-blocking sunglasses. Don’t be fooled by color or price. The ability to block UV light is not affected by the price or the darkness of the sunglass lenses.
- Check for complete UV protection: Make sure your sunglasses completely block UV-A and UV-B rays.
- Choose from the following wrap-around styles: Your sunglasses, either the lenses or the frame, should ideally wrap all the way around to your temples, preventing the sun’s rays from entering from the side.
- Put on a hat: Wear a broad-brimmed hat in addition to your sunglasses to protect your eyes.
- Avoid using contact lenses: Regardless of whether you
- Clouds are not deceptive: the sun’s rays can pass through haze and thin clouds. Sun damage to the eyes can occur at any time of year, not just in the summer.
- During peak sun hours, protect your eyes by doing the following: Sunglasses should be worn whenever you go outside, but especially in the early afternoon and at higher altitudes, where UV light is stronger.
- Never look at the sun directly. Looking directly at the sun at any time, including during an eclipse, can result in solar retinopathy, or damage to the retina of the eye caused by solar radiation.
- Don’t forget about the kids: Everyone, including children, is at risk.
- Hats and sunglasses will keep their eyes safe. Furthermore, if possible, keep children out of the sun between
Regular eye exams for early detection, treatment of eye conditions and diseases, in addition to proper safety eyewear, are essential to maintaining good vision at all stages of life.
Children with a family history of childhood vision problems should be screened for common childhood eye problems before the age of five, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. If they experience visual changes, pain, flashes of light, seeing spots, excessive tearing, or excessive dryness, they should consult an eye doctor. Adults aged 40 to 65 should have an eye exam every two years. Adults over the age of 65 should have an eye exam every one to two years at the very least.
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