UV means ultraviolet radiation, which is invisible rays that are part of the energy that comes from the sun. Ultraviolet radiation that reaches the earth’s surface comprises two types of rays called UVA and UVB. Ultraviolet radiation can cause problems with the eyes and the immune system. Skin specialists recommend that people use sunscreens that protect the skin from both kinds of ultraviolet radiation.
HOW TO PROTECT YOUR EYES FROM UV LIGHT EXPOSURE?
- Choose UV-blocking contacts: these are contacts that protect against UV rays offer high-quality protection.
- Wear sunglasses: your eyes need protection, even when it’s cloudy since UV rays can penetrate clouds. Wear high-quality sunglasses. Remember to wear them even when you are in a shade and throughout winter as the snow can reflect UV rays that can double your exposure to UV radiation.
- Wear sun protection for your skin and your eyes anytime you are at the highest risk for UV damages.
- Have regular eye exams: these comprehensive eye exams allow us to track any eye damage you have, whether from UV light or anything else.
TOO MUCH OF UV LIGHT CAN DEVELOP EYE PROBLEMS
Too much UV light exposure can lead to an increased risk for developing eye cancer, cataracts, growths on the eye, and photokeratitis. In addition, each time you are in the sun without protection, you can add damage to the eyes. Babies and children also need hats and sunglasses to protect their eyes. In the UK, on a day to day basis, UV exposure is minimal. However, people who spend lots of time outdoors may need protection. Those living in countries with more sun may also need to take more care.
The UV exposure is also much higher where there are more reflective surfaces, for example, near water, so protecting your eyes. At the same time, at the beach, fishing, boating or on holiday is probably a good idea. Snow also intensifies the amount of reflected UV light, so good protection is needed in these circumstances. Therefore, skiers and snowboarders should take particular care.