Posted July 2, 2012
Ah, summer! The season features days filled with warm temperatures, sunny skies, water sports, vacations and, unfortunately, sunburns. Often when people head outdoors to enjoy the summer weather, they apply sunscreen to protect their skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. But many fail to wear protective sunglasses that shield their eyes from UV damage.
Cumulative exposure over time to UV rays can burn the cornea (white portion) of your eyes. The tissues can become inflamed when sunburned, and later in life individuals may experience benign growths on the surface of the eye, skin cancer on the eyelid, formation of cataracts or possibly macular degeneration. Individuals are at greatest risk of injuring their eyes when looking directly at the sun without wearing protective sunglasses. The retina also may be damaged, resulting in vision impairment.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology offer excellent tips on protecting your eyes from UV rays, including recommendations on selecting proper protective eyewear and a reminder to protect yourself even on cloudy days. Read “Keep an Eye on Ultraviolet (UV) Safety“ and tell us how you protect your eyes from sun damage.
Do you remember to wear protective sunglasses when spending time outdoors? What are your favorite summertime activities, experiences or memories?