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How to Protect Your Eyes from UV Rays this Summer

Be Sure to Protect Your Eyes this Summer

The summer sun is enjoyable, but without the proper precautions, it can cause damage to your eyes as well as your skin. You've surely heard that you should wear sunscreen to protect your skin, but what about your eyes?

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What the Sun Can do to Your Eyes

Like your skin, your eyes are subject to sunburn – but it takes a different form from what you might expect. The outside of the eyeball usually doesn't show obvious symptoms. Instead, burning damage affects the retina, where the rays of light are focused.

Cataracts are another likely result of too much sun exposure. These develop over many decades of leaving your eyes unprotected, so you need to take protective measures early on to get the full benefits of your efforts. Sunscreen makers usually recommend that you keep their products away from your eyes. This leaves the thin, sensitive skin around them unprotected. As with other skin, it can develop melanoma and other cancers from too much UV exposure.

Protecting Your Eyes and Eye Area

The simple solution for protecting your eyes from the dangers of the sun is to wear sunglasses. It is essential that these glasses provide full protection against both UVA and UVB rays. These not only protect your eyes from sunburn, but reduce eyestrain and other discomforts caused by overly-bright light and UV exposure. They also protect your eyes from sunlight-induced cataracts and sunburned retinas.

Sunglasses also protect the skin around your eyes. Their anti-UV qualities make them work like sunscreen for that area. They also offer the added benefit of never wearing off, unlike creams or sunscreen-containing eye makeup products. If you normally wear corrective lenses, you can have your prescription added to your next pair of sunglasses. This way, you don't have to give up clear vision in order to protect your eyes from the summer sun.

Contact Our Local Eye Doctor Today

To get a comprehensive eye exam and a pair of sunglasses from our optometrist in Tupelo MS, just make an appointment. We are L.P. Britt PA, and our number is (662) 844-3436.

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