How To Protect Your Eyes From The Sun

Author: Doctors Eyecare Wetaskiwin | | Categories: Comprehensive Eye Exams , Doctors Eyecare , Emergency Eye Care , Eye Disease Diagnosis , Optometrist

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The sun releases radiation in many forms, and some of them can do a lot of damage to your skin. By now, you have probably heard many people and influencers informing you about the need to wear sunscreen to protect your skin. However, protecting your eyes from UV radiation is just as important as putting sunscreen on your skin. The experts at Doctors Eyecare Wetaskiwin understand the need to educate people on how to be proactive and protect their eyes from harmful UV rays by using proper eye protection and care.

Short-term effects of UV exposure can result in a condition known as keratitis, which is like having a sunburn on the eye. This is called snowblindness when it happens in winter. The symptoms include pain, redness, and blurred vision. Many age-related eye diseases, too, are partly caused by exposure to UV radiation over your entire life. These conditions include cataracts, macular degeneration, and photokeratitis (sunburn of the cornea). Many long-term problems caused by UV exposure, such as cataracts, macular degeneration, and skin melanomas, are initially symptom-free. These eye diseases only show symptoms when the condition is advanced, making it more difficult to treat. You need to ensure your eyes are well-protected from the harmful effects of UV radiation.

One such way to protect your eyes is to wear 100% UV-blocking sunglasses whenever you are outside. At Doctors Eyecare Wetaskiwin, clear, UV-blocking coatings are available for all the lenses we have. The options include permanently tinted sunglasses or photochromic lenses, which get darker in the sun. You can also use clip-on sunglass lenses over your regular glasses. In addition to UV blocking lenses, wearing a wide-brimmed hat or baseball cap also provides further protection. No one is immune to the damage that UV radiation can do to the eyes and skin. It is important for you to be aware of this and take the necessary precautions to prevent sun damage. If you are experiencing problems with your eyes or eyelids, visit your local physician or eye doctor.

For an optometrist in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, reach out to us at Doctors Eyecare Wetaskiwin. We strive to deliver high-quality care, products, and service to people of all ages. Our friendly and knowledgeable doctors and staff look forward to the opportunity to provide you with exceptional eye and vision care and the latest in eyewear technology and styling. We offer a wide range of eyewear, including the latest styles in designer sunglasses and prescription eyeglasses. We also carry many accessories to complete your optical purchase. Visit our website to learn more, or get in touch with us by clicking here.



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