It’s summertime, which means that we spend most of our time outdoors, under the sun. And while we you probably know well that UV rays can damage skin, and that it’s a good idea to take extra precaution and use a sun block with appropriate SPF, did you also know that UV rays can also be incredibly damaging on the eyes? It’s true. And it’s vitally important that a person protect their eyes in all seasons.
The sun’s rays are separated into two types: UV-B and UV-A. The UV-B rays have short wavelengths and these rays reach the outer most layer of the skin. The UV-A rays, however, have longer wavelengths and can travel into the middle layers of the skin. Both types are harmful to both the skin and the eyes. Exposure to UV rays could cause vision problems—cataracts could also be caused by exposure to UV rays—and damage to the eye and its parts, including macular degeneration; macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss for older Americans.
Remember to cover the skin and eyes from the sun. Clothing should cover the exposed skin of the legs and arms, and if you plan to spend time outside then remember to wear a hat, especially one with a wide brim. It’s also best to wear a pair of sunglasses that are built to block transmission of UV rays. To protect the skin, wear a sunscreen with an SPF rating at 30, and remember to reapply the sunscreen. The sunscreen will eventually become less effective, and whenever your swim or sweat you’re going to wear away the protective layer.
It’s always best to take care of your skin and your eyes when you spend time outside—in any season, the sun’s UV rays can do damage. And if you believe that you have damage to your eyes after spending time in the sun, then call and make an appointment with your professional at Vision Optical today.