With summer around the corner, we look forward to time outdoors in the sun. Eye protection is key to shelter your eyes from harmful Ultraviolet (UV) rays.
What makes UV rays bad for your eye health and vision? The two types of UV rays, UVA and UVB, are a form of electromagnetic radiation created by the sun and both are dangerous for your health. UVA rays damage our DNA and react with our body by causing unnatural chemical reactions. UVB rays excite the DNA molecules in our body and can revert the body’s natural recovery process, causing cell death.
Ultraviolet sun rays are the most damaging type of sunlight that can cause eye damage. To protect yourself, UV blocking sunglasses are required. Many people make the mistake of going to an all-day outdoor event without sunglasses. Some people notice that their eyes hurt the next day after taking in the sun’s rays. This eye pain is directly caused by the UV rays affecting the eyes and represents cell damage.
Although the sun’s brightness can alert you to high UV radiation, UV rays can penetrate cloud cover, so be mindful as you decide on your eye protection for the day. Regular eye checkups play a vital role in maintaining good eye health. Contact Eye Michigan to schedule your eye exam.