Protecting Your Eyes From The Sun: UV Protection Glasses
When we think about UV rays and the damage they can cause, we often think about our skin and not our eyes. This isn’t good because the sun is a serious threat to our eyes and the skin around them.
As a child, it’s important to protect your eyes from the sun because young eyes are clearer. But, it’s just as important to pay attention to sun damage with every year that goes by.
Did you know that most of a person’s lifetime exposure to UV radiation can happen before the 20 years old?
So, what are the types of UV rays we should be worried about?
UVA rays pass through the cornea and reach the lens and retina in your eyeball. When we overexpose ourselves to these UVA rays, the development of macular degeneration can happen. That’s when damage to the retina happens which causes loss of central vision and certain types of cataracts.
UVB rays are more intense than UVA rays. These rays are absorbed by the cornea and cause what’s known as “snow blindness”, a painful inflammation of the cornea that causes temporary vision loss.
Before we move on to the symptoms of sun damage, it’s important we discuss cataracts. A cataract is a clouding in vision. They often develop slowly and can affect one or both of the eyes.
When we talk about cataracts, we also need to mention macular degeneration. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of severe vision loss in people over 60. It happens when the small central portion of the retina deteriorates.
The retina is the light-sensing nerve tissue at the back of the eye.
Sun damage to eyes symptoms
When it comes to symptoms of sun damage, there are quite a few:
- Mild to severe pain
- Light sensitivity
- Watery eyes that won’t stop
- Bloodshot eyes
- The feeling that something is in your eye
- See flashing spots or lights
If you believe that you have any of these symptoms of sun damage, you should remove yourself from direct sunlight and guard your eyes. If your blurred vision or pain continues or worsens, you should be evaluated by an eye care professional.
What protects the eyes from UVA and UVB rays?
The ultimate way to protect your eyes from sun damage is by wearing UV eye protection. This can be in the form of UV protection sunglasses, polarized sunglasses and UV protection glasses. You want to look for UV eye protection that is rated UV400 or higher. This means that the UV protection glasses will block out 99.9% of UV rays.
Opt for a brand that you can trust or have them checked by an optician at Orchard Park Optometry. Many brands offer UV protection glasses that are both stylish and full of eye protection. If you’re looking for UV protection sunglasses that are also prescription, that’s a possibility too.
If you’re more of a contact lens person, be sure to invest in UV protection sunglasses to wear with your contacts. This will keep your eyes safe, while still being able to see the world around you.
One of our most popular brands of contact lenses, Acuvue has full UVA and UVB protection and is a great way to enhance the protection you will get with your sunglasses.
Other tips include wearing a sun hat, avoid looking directly at the sun and spend as much time as possible in the shade. Protecting yourself from the effects of UV rays on your eyes doesn’t mean you have to hide inside. You just need to take the right precautions when it comes to the sun including UV protection glasses and being aware of sun damage to eye symptoms.
If you have any further questions about UV protection glasses, contact Orchard Park Optometry today. We’d be happy to answer your questions and help you pick out the perfect UV protection glasses and UV protection sunglasses for you!