The Importance of UV Protection: Are you Protecting Your Eyes?

Summer is a time for outdoor barbecues, trips to the beach, fishing trips and other dazzlingly bright outdoor activities. Unfortunately, it also presents a prime opportunity for ultraviolet (UV) radiation to damage your eyes. Here are some important tips for protecting your eyes from UV’s harmful effects, courtesy of our Mass St. eye care center in downtown Lawrence.

One of the three types of UV radiation, UVC, actually poses no threat to you at all; the atmosphere blocks this particularly deadly form of radiation from reaching the Earth. But you still have to worry about UVA and UVB. These forms of radiation can pose significant threats to your eyes, including:

  • Snow blindness (photokeratitis) – A thankfully temporary but irritating “sunburn” on the eye
  • Macular degeneration – This irreversible retinal disease is apparently aggravated by UV exposure.
  • Cataracts – This clouding and distortion of vision are associated with UV exposure.
  • Cancer – UV radiation can cause cancer of the eyelids and the skin surrounding the eyes.

Sunglasses and Eyeglasses From Your Lawrence Optometrist

Your optometrist in Lawrence wants you to know that wearing just any sunglasses may not protect your eyes against UV, no matter how dark their tint. In fact, sunglasses that don’t include UV protection can be more dangerous than no sunglasses at all, since they dilate your pupils to let even more UV in. That’s why you should seek out high-quality sunglasses that block 100 percent of UV rays. Either Lawrence optometrist on our team can make sure you and your loved ones have the UV protection you need. Your eye doctor also provides indoor eyeglasses and photochromic glasses that block UV without or without tinting.

Call Your Lawrence Optometrist Today!

Call (785) 843-3844 for an appointment at our Mass St. office so your Lawrence optometrist can prepare your eyes for the summer sun! We look forward to meeting with you!

Has a case of snow blindness ever sent you to an eye doctor? Tell us how it happened!

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