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Protecting Your Eyes from the Sun and Ultra-Violet Rays

We all need to be aware that the sun’s damage to eyes can occur anytime during the year, not just in the summertime.  When it is cloudy, the sun’s rays can still pass through the clouds, so it’s important to be vigilant in all weather conditions.  Even on a cold winter’s day, staring for too long at the sun’s reflection on snow can cause eye damage called snow blindness.

Your ophthalmologists and/or optometrist understands that too much exposure to ultra-violet light can raise the risks of many eye diseases, including macular degeneration (loss of central vision), cataracts (cloudy yellow vision), cancer of the eyelid and surrounding skin areas (10 percent of skin cancers), corneal sunburns, pterygiums (growths on the eye), and aging skin and wrinkles.  These problems can arise at any point in someone’s life.  For example, pterygiums often appear in those in their teens or 20s, especially for surfers, skiers, fishermen, farmers, or anyone who spends long hours under the mid-day sun or in the ultra-violet-intense conditions found near rivers, oceans, and mountains.

What are the steps for protection? Anytime you are outside, wear a broad-brimmed hat, UV-blocking sunglasses, and one of the newest generations of sunscreens that offer fuller protection against both UVA and UVB rays.

Although we don’t offer broad-brimmed hats at our shop, we can help you with our other two recommendations. Media Eye Works can help find you a custom UV-blocking sunglass solution that will be both effective and appeal to your fashion sensibilities and preferences.  And Facial Rejuvenation at Mielcarek can help you find the best sunscreen for your individual needs among the next generation of sunscreens that are just hitting the market.