Most people routinely cover their bodies with sunscreen when heading off to the beach, but have you considered the effect the sun has on your eyes? Studies have shown that exposure to bright sunlight may increase the risk of developing cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, growths on the eye, and eye cancer. Not only is it of paramount importance to protect the eyes when outside, but also when using a tanning bed. Doctors now know that ultraviolet radiation whether natural or artificial can damage the eye’s surface as well
as the cornea and the lens.
There are some measures you can take to prevent damage to the eyes. Look for sunglasses that provide 100 percent protection against UV-A and UV-B rays. Wrap around styles extend all the way around to your temples. Hats offer additional coverage when worn with sunglasses. Get your children used to gearing up when enjoying the sun, and it will become a healthy habit they will continue into adulthood. Even if your contact lenses have ultraviolet protection, wear sunglasses. Never look directly at the sun. This can lead to solar retinopathy, damage to the eye’s retina.
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