It is tempting to spend as much time as possible outside when the weather gets warmer. While there are plenty of things to love about the summer sun, your eye health could be severely damaged due to excessive exposure to ultraviolet rays. Our team at Complete Eye Care in Lawton and Newcastle would like to offer a few UV safety tips to help you enjoy the outdoors without compromising your eye health.
Too Much Sun Can Harm Your Eyes
You are probably well aware that too much time in the sun is terrible for your skin, and you likely understand the importance of wearing sunscreen while outdoors. But did you know that ultraviolet rays can harm your eyes as well? UV radiation can not only damage the outermost layer of the eye's surface tissue, but it can also harm the lens and cornea. Eye diseases and tumors can develop, which can threaten your vision. Do not assume it takes hours of sunlight over multiple days to cause damage. Your eye health can be at risk after only one day in the sun.
Improve Your UV Safety
The first step that you should take is purchasing a pair of quality sunglasses that provide 100% UV protection. The label might also say UV400. Many lens options block both UVA and UVB rays. It is important to choose sunglasses that fully cover your eyes. While tiny frames and cute shapes might look trendy, novelty shapes and sizes do little to protect your eyes from excessive UV exposure. Fortunately, there are plenty of styles that look great and offer excellent protection from the sun's rays.
If you wear eyeglasses with corrective lenses, you may find it challenging to find sunglasses that both protect your eyes and assist with your vision. We offer prescription sunglasses that can help you see clearly when you are outdoors. Once you find a pair of sunglasses that you like, be sure to wear them anytime you are outdoors. Sunglasses are a great way to protect your eyes year-round, not only in the summer.
The Symptoms of Eye Damage
Some of the symptoms of sun-damaged eyes include:
- Watering eyes
- Seeing halos
- Light sensitivity
- Eyelid twitching
- Blurry vision
- Short-term vision loss
If you are experiencing any of these issues, call our team at Complete Eye Care in Lawton and Newcastle for a thorough eye exam from a skilled optometrist. You can also reach us through our website by using our online contact form.
Get Your Next Pair of Sunglasses at Complete Eye Care
Our offices in Lawton And Newcastle provide a wide variety of sunglass lenses for our patients to choose from. We offer quality brands like Ray-Ban, Michael Kors, Oakley, Coach, Tiffany & Co., Wiley X, and more for UV protection.