While most Delaware residents like getting out and enjoying the sun, there can be some downsides for eye health. Most people are aware of how harmful UV radiation is to the skin. However, many may not realize that UV radiation can harm the eyes. Evidence suggests bright sunlight increases the likelihood of developing cataracts, eye growths and even cancer. Sand and water reflect UV rays that may harm the eyes, sometimes even leading to temporary blindness.
July has been designated UV Safety Month, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology is raising awareness on protecting yourself from the sun. Eye Care of Delaware is joining them in this goal.
Following some simple tips can protect your eyes, reducing the need for cataract removal.
How to Protect Yourself From UV Rays
Wear 100% UV-Blocking Sunglasses
Sunglasses are essential for protecting your eyes from bright sunlight. You must, however, choose a design that offers UV-blocking protection. So many sunglasses might look good on you, yet they lack the protection you really need.
To provide adequate protection for your eyes, sunglasses should:
- Block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation
- Screen out 75 to 90 percent of visible light
- Have lenses that are perfectly matched in color and free of distortion and imperfection
- Have lenses that are gray for proper color recognition.
Wear a Broad-Brimmed Hat
A hat works in tandem with your sunglasses to offer more protection from the sun. Light can reach your eyes from the top or sides of glasses, adding unnecessary risk. A brimmed hat allows you to be outside and be protected from every angle.
Avoid Looking Directly at the Sun
It may sound obvious, but it can be hard to resist staring at the sun for a brief moment.
Stay Indoors During the Brightest Periods
The middle of the day is usually the hottest and brightest, increasing the risk of eye or skin damage. While it is natural to want to experience the warm weather, you are risking eye damage, cataracts and other conditions.
Protect Your Children’s Eyes
Children typically receive more exposure to the sun than adults. This repeated exposure to UV rays can start the degenerative process, increasing the chances of cataracts and other conditions during later years. Take precautions during the earliest years, and you can help prevent problems from occurring in the future.
Detect Cataracts With Regular Eye Examinations
Regular eye examinations are crucial for detecting cataracts. You may not be aware of deterioration at first, but an examination can diagnose the first signs of cataracts. As cataracts progress, difficulty with driving at night, watching TV or trouble reading can develop.
The risks associated with cataract surgery have decreased significantly over the years, and either traditional or laser-assisted surgery can provide improved vision. The key is to get your eyes checked regularly, ensuring that you can address any issues quickly with the help of an experienced eye care professional.
Contact Us for an Eye Care Appointment
If you are considering cataract surgery, vision correction treatment, or another eye care treatment, we are here to help. We treat patients in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. To make an appointment with Eye Care of Delaware, call us today at 302-454-8800.