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May 7

How Do I Protect My Eyes From UV Light?

As we all know, our eyes are an essential part of our body. They allow us to see and experience the world around us. However, as impressive as these organs are, they are also very delicate and must be protected from many elements of our environment. One of the major concerns people have is the threat posed by UV light. Trumansburg Optical is here to discuss some effective ways to protect your eyes from UV light and keep them healthy.

UV Light: The Invisible Attacker

UV light is a type of electromagnetic radiation emitted by the sun and artificial sources like tanning beds and certain lamps. This type of light falls just outside the visible spectrum, meaning it’s invisible to the human eye. While a moderate amount of UV exposure is crucial for our bodies to synthesize Vitamin D, too much exposure can lead to detrimental effects. 

How Does UV Light Affect Our Eyes?

Exposure to UV light can cause various eye problems, including:

  • Sunburns: Yes, your eyes can get sunburnt too! This is more commonly known as photokeratitis, essentially a sunburn of the eyes. Redness, pain, and sensitivity to light are all major symptoms.
  • Cataracts: UV exposure can also lead to the development of cataracts, a clouding of the eye’s lens that can cause vision loss.
  • Macular degeneration: Prolonged UV exposure has been linked to an increased damage of the retina, which can lead to permanent vision loss.
  • Pinguecula and pterygium: These are growths on the eye’s surface that are linked to UV exposure. They can irritate and affect vision if they grow large enough. 

How Can I Protect My Eyes From UV Light?

Now that we understand how harmful UV light can be for our eyes, it’s crucial to know how to protect them. Here are some tips to help you keep your eyes safe:

  • Wear sunglasses: Look for sunglasses with 100% UVA and UVB protection. Wraparound or oversized glasses can also provide additional coverage.
  • Wear a hat: A hat can help shield your eyes from the sun’s rays, especially if you spend long periods outdoors.
  • Avoid peak hours: The sun’s rays are at their strongest between 10 am and 4 pm, so try to limit your outdoor activities during this time.
  • Wear sunscreen: If you’re spending time outdoors without sunglasses or a hat, make sure to apply sunscreen around your eyes. This can help protect the soft skin around your eyes from UV damage.
  • Take breaks from screen time: While not directly related to UV light, prolonged exposure to screens can cause eye strain and fatigue. Remember to take breaks and give your eyes a rest.
  • Get regular eye exams: Your eye doctor can check for any signs of UV damage during your routine eye exams. This is particularly important for those who like to spend a lot of time outdoors or have a family history of eye problems.

Special Considerations For Children

Children’s eyes are especially susceptible to UV damage because the lenses in their eyes are still developing and cannot filter out as much UV light as adults. It’s crucial to teach children about the importance of protecting their eyes from a young age and ensure they have proper eye protection when outdoors.

Safeguard Your Vision Today!

Protecting your eyes from UV light is essential for their health. By following the above tips and being mindful of your sun exposure, you can safeguard your eyes against potential harm. For a comprehensive eye exam and personalized advice on protecting your eyes from UV light, contact Trumansburg Optical today and schedule an appointment. Your vision is priceless; let’s protect it together.

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Dr. Neil F. Henninger

Dr. Henninger has been practicing Optometry in the Finger Lakes area since 1992. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Ithaca College and a Doctor of Optometry degree from The New England College of Optometry. Dr. Henninger is a member of the American Optometric Association, New York State Optometric Association and the Southern Tier Optometric Association.

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