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Beware! UV Rays Of The Sun Can Actually Damage Your Eyes: What You Should Know

UV rays harm the skin and the eyes as well. For protection from the UV rays, wear UV protection sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of UV rays. It blocks both UVA and UVB rays. These sunglasses requires a rating of UV400 or higher

Beware! UV Rays Of The Sun Can Actually Damage Your Eyes: What You Should Know

Over time, sun exposure can increase your chances of developing eye disease

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. UV protected sunglasses can protect your eyes from sun damage
  2. These sunglasses block both UVA and UVB rays
  3. Prolonged exposure to the sun can increase your risk of eye diseases

Not only can the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays harm your skin, they can damage your eyes as well. For protection, says the American Academy of Ophthalmology, wear sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays. Retailers say that requires a rating of UV400 or higher.

Over time, sun exposure can increase your chances of developing eye disease such as cataracts, growths on the eye, macular degeneration and even a rare form of cancer, ocular melanoma, according to the academy. In addition, eye "sunburn" -- known as photokeratitis -- can stem from short-term exposure to UV rays, especially when reflected off the water or sand (or, in the winter, off snow or ice). Blurry vision and sensitivity to bright light can result.

What else should you do for your eyes' sake? Wear oversize or wraparound sunglasses, or don a wide-brimmed hat. Make sure kids have UV-protected sunglasses, too. And don't focus on the color of the lenses, because darker lenses do not automatically block more UV rays: It's the number, UV400, that makes a healthy difference.




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