UV rays are more robust in the summer, but you can experience the effects of UV rays on your eyes all year round. Skin safety is at the top of everyone’s mind when it comes to the sun; however, your eyes are vulnerable to UV damage as well.
It is best to start wearing UV eye protection at a young age to prevent damage to the eye’s surface tissues, the cornea, and the lens, but it is never too late to start. Too much UV damage to the eyes can increase your risk of certain eye diseases such as cataracts, eye cancers, growths on the eye, and snow blindness.
By doing simple things like wearing UV-blocking sunglasses, you can enjoy the outdoors without worrying about the sun causing damage to your eyes over time.
Here are some tips to keep your eyes safe from UV rays:
- Wear sunglasses when outside any time of year.
- During times of exceptionally high UV rays, like midday during the summer, wear a wide-brimmed hat with your sunglasses for extra protection.
- Don’t look directly at the sun.
- Remember that clouds do not protect against UV rays, so wear your eye protection even on cloudy days.
- Avoid tanning beds; as artificial UV rays are just as damaging as the sun.
If you have any questions about UV safety for your eyes, talk to your eye doctor for expert advice on your specific situation.