Exposure to UV light increases the risk of eye diseaseincluding cataracts and cancer. Whether you’re going for your mid-day jog or simply driving to work, ensure that you’re taking the necessary steps towards eye safety. Consider this your “refresher course” in the dangers of UV light.
Types of UV Radiation
There are three different types of UV radiation. UV-C is absorbed by the ozone layer and doesn’t present a true threat to the health of your eyes. UV-A and UV-B, on the other hand, can have short term and long term effects on the eyes and your vision.
How Do UV Rays Affect Vision?
There are several eye diseases and conditions caused by exposure to UV radiation.
Macular Degeneration: AMD is the leading cause of age-related blindness, and is caused by damage to the retina over time.
Cataracts: It’s estimated that 10% of all cataracts cases are directly attributable to UV exposure. A clouding of the eye’s natural lens, cataracts can cause partial or complete blindness. Exposure to UV light increases your risk for certain types of cataracts.
Pterygium: You may have heard this referred to as “surfer’s eye”. Pterygium is a non-cancerous growth that forms on the layer of conjunctiva over the white of your eye.
Skin Cancer: The risk of skin cancer in and around the eyelids is increased with heavy exposure to UV light.
How You Can Protect Your Eyes
First, wear proper eye protection whenever you spend time outdoors or driving. Purchase sunglasses that are labeled to block out 99-100% of both UV-A and UV-B radiation and screen out 75-90% of visible light. Wide-brim hats can protect your eyes from some rays, but it’s advisable that you were sunglasses as well. Ensure that your family is protected too!
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