Just as sun can damage your skin, in the form of burning, wrinkling, premature aging, or skin cancer, the sun can also negatively effect your eyes. Exposure to ultra violet radiation (UV) can cause photokeratitis, also known as sunburn of the eye. Photokeratitis hurts, makes your eyes red, extremely sensitive to light, and tearful. Though these symptoms will not cause permanent damage to the eyes and clear up rather quickly, extended exposure can cause serious impairments to your vision. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, we advise that you visit your San Bernardino Eye Doctor at EyeCare Associates of San Bernardino. They can advise you further on protecting your eyes from UV rays as well as check to see if you’ve sustained permanent retinal damage.
Long periods of unprotected exposure to UV rays can greatly increase your changes of developing cataracts and further damage to your retina. These conditions greatly impact your vision and cataracts require surgery to reverse. Additionally, UV rays can cause macular degeneration and cancer. Noticeable retinal damage includes blurred vision, changes in color vision or difficulty seeing at nighttime.
Sun damage can be prevented by wearing UV eye protection. This means having a protective coating on sunglasses. Just because it isn’t sunny out, doesn’t mean you are protected from UV rays. UV radiation is invisible the eye, so take cautions and wear UV eye protection when outside for long periods of time. Visit our San Bernardino optical store for prescription sunglasses to protect you and your family from harmful UV radiation.