Most people know that excessive sunlight exposure is bad for the skin. However, many do not realize that the eyes also need to be protected from the sun. According to the American Optometric Association, ultraviolet radiation (UV) plays a massive role in developing eye conditions like cataracts, macular degeneration, degenerative corneal changes, photokeratitis, and many more. Protecting your eyes from the sun is an essential component of eye care. Dr. Greg Wacasey, Therapeutic Optometrist, has been providing Longview residents with reliable eye care services for many years.
The good news is that there are preventive measures available to protect your eyes from UV damage. Dr. Wacasey has compiled a list of several tips regarding protecting your eyes from UV light.
Wear protective sunglasses: Sunglasses are more than fashion. They are a smart and easy way of protecting your eyes from the harmful effects of the sun. Talk to an eye doctor for a prescription of a pair that blocks 99 to 100 % of both UVB and UVA rays.
Wear SPF 15 or higher: You should endeavor to protect your skin when you take off your glasses by wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen. An eye doctor can help you choose one that is safe for your face and eye area.
Wear a hat: Wearing a hat with at least a three-inch brim can protect you from damaging UV rays.
Consider polarized lenses: Polarized lenses protect you from the glare from reflective services like pavement or water. They make activities like sports, diving, or being in the water enjoyable and safe.
Protect yourself all-round the year: Whether it's summer or not, you should always protect your eyes while outdoors. Sun damage can occur any time of the year. Even on cloudy days, harmful rays can still pass through.
Never look at the sun directly: Avoid looking at the sun directly as it can damage your eye's retina.
Call Dr. Greg Wacasey, Therapeutic Optometrist today at (903) 663-1550 for more information on protecting your eyes from the sun or to schedule an appointment.