Don’t Believe These Myths About UV Light

Author: Doctors Eyecare Wetaskiwin | | Categories: Children’s Eye Care , Eye Doctor , Treatment of Sore Eyes


Optometry can play a role in educating people about the importance of protecting their eyes from UV damage, as many people are unaware of the dangers of UV radiation and its impact on vision.

Optometry can also help detect early signs of vision problems caused by UV damage and can help prescribe sunglasses and other protective eyewear to help reduce the risk of vision problems caused by UV exposure. Several myths revolve around this topic and can become problematic when neglected.

To help you steer clear of these misconceptions, Doctors Eyecare Wetaskiwin has debunked some of the most widely believed myths about UV light.

Myth 1: UV rays only cause sunburns and skin cancer

Most Canadians understand the value of sunscreen in preventing sunburns and skin cancer, but many are unaware that UV rays can seriously harm the eyes. Excessive UV exposure has been connected to several eye conditions, including cataracts, where the typically clear lens of the eye becomes cloudy and opaque.

Myth 2: One cannot do anything to shield their eyes from sun damage

There is so much that one can do to shield their eyes from the sun’s damaging rays. Avoid UV radiation sources. Avoid staring directly at the sun, and be mindful of reflections on the pavement, water, sand, and snow. Ensure you know the risks and how to prevent UV exposure if you work or play outdoors or near other UV light sources. Keep your eyes safe. Put on close-fitting, wrap-around-style sunglasses that completely block UVA and UVB radiation. This will assist in keeping light out. Consider wearing UV-blocking contact lenses if you wear contacts to add a layer of UV defense. Remain informed. Schedule routine eye checkups to keep track of the health of your eyes, preserve your eyesight, and stay current on UV protection developments. Avoid the sun between 10:00 am and 4:00 p.m., when the sun is at its brightest. Children have the highest exposure to UV light. Before age 18, 50% of a person’s lifetime UV exposure is thought to occur. Ensure all children wear sun hats and sunglasses outdoors regardless of age. Consider utilizing a canopy or umbrella as a sun shield at the beach or backyard. Consult your optometrist immediately if you have any acute pain, an irritated eye, or a sensitivity to light.

Myth 3: There is no way to detect UV-related eye diseases

Ask your optometrist for detailed advice to ensure your eyes are well-protected and to help you select the ideal pair of sunglasses. Scheduling a thorough eye checkup can detect UV-related eye diseases early on, even if they don’t have obvious symptoms.

If you’re looking to steer clear of these myths, reach out to Doctors Eyecare Wetaskiwin, the leading optometrists in Wetaskiwin, Alberta.

We strive to deliver high-quality eye care, products, and service to people of all ages. Our friendly and knowledgeable optometrists and staff look forward to the opportunity to provide you with an exceptional eye and vision care and the latest in eyewear technology and styling. Our services include comprehensive eye exams, contact lens exams, treatment of sore, red eyes, eye disease management, emergency eye care services, Lasik and refractive surgery co-management, low vision, technology-advanced eye care, dry eye clinic, on-site optical lab, and more. We serve clients from Wetaskiwin, Millet, Maskwacis, Pigeon Lake, and the surrounding areas.

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