Have your day in the sun but be sure to protect your eyes!
Most of us are drawn to the sun. Whether at the beach, lake, or just in our own backyard, when the sun is out, we want to be in it. But just as the sun’s rays can damage your skin with sunburn, premature aging and skin cancer, they can also be harmful to your eyes.
UV or not UV: There is no question
The same ultraviolet (UV) radiation that is damaging to your skin is equally detrimental to your eyes. Unprotected exposure to UV radiation can cause photokeratitis, which is basically a sunburn of the eyes marked by painful, red eyes and sensitivity to light. The symptoms usually clear up quickly and cause no permanent damage to the eyes. That is the good news!
The bad news; growing evidence suggests that long-term exposure to UV rays can lead to Macular Degeneration and Cataracts, serious eye conditions that can cause vision impairment or loss.