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6 Ways to Protect Your Eyes from the Sun
You can avoid many of the damaging effects of sun by following these tips:
Sunscreen provides an excellent way to protect your skin from the damaging rays of the sun, but did you know that your eyes can also suffer from sun damage? Long-term exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause a variety of eye problems, ranging from "sunburn" of the cornea to cancer. Learning more about the way the sun affects your eyes can help you prevent damage.
What Types of Light Cause Damage?
UV light is a type of electromagnetic radiation. Unlike visible light, it can't be seen because it has a shorter wavelength. Types of UV light include:
What Conditions or Diseases Can Be Caused by Exposure to UV Light?
Exposure to UV light can increase your risk of developing these conditions:
Factors That Can Increase Your Risk of Sun Damage
You risk of eye sun damage may be higher if you:
During your yearly eye exam, your doctor not only tests your vision, but also looks for possible signs of sun damage. If it's time for your next exam, or if you have any concerns about your eye health, call us today to schedule an appointment.
Skin Cancer Foundation: How Sunlight Damages the Eyes, 12/7/12
American Optometric Association: UV Protection
The Vision Council: Spare Your Sight
All About Vision: Ultraviolet (UV) Radiation and Your Eyes, 5/16
All About Vision: Blue Light: Bad for Your Eyes?, 4/16
Fred Farias III, OD, FAAO
Dr. Fred Farias III is certified as a therapeutic optometrist and an optometric glaucoma specialist. He has been in private practice in McAllen, Texas for over 30 years and has received the McAllen Chamber of Commerce Small Business of The Year Award. Dr. Farias earned Fellowship in American Academy of Optometry and is currently the only optometrist in the Rio Grande Valley to hold this distinction.
He has served as President of The Texas Optometric Association in 2014-2015. Dr. Farias was appointed by the Governor to the Texas State Board of Optometry and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
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