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How Badly are You Damaging Your Eyes?

Posted by Alex Repola on Mar 7, 2014 8:00:00 AM

    
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Most people are aware of the need to protect their skin from harmful damage caused by the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. However, you may not be as aware of the damage the sun can do to your eyes. Wearing polarized sunglasses or other UV-protective lenses can help, but do you know the facts about eye damage? Unlike other parts of your body, your eye’s lens does not repair itself when damaged. Cells and proteins that get damaged will never be replaced, and over time, the damage to your lens may lead to serious eye diseases or possibly loss of vision.

 

When your eyes begin to tear or squint due to bright outdoor light, your eyes are creating a natural defense against UV ray, which are harmful and can affect the eyes. Both UV rays and blue light rays can cause damage to your eyes. While the harmful effects of these rays are three times greater in the summer than in the winter, you still run a high risk of sustaining serious eye damage if you do not wear UV sunglass eye protection in the winter months. Believe it or not, UV and blue light rays can also damage your eyes on overcast and cloudy days.
 
polarized sunglassesSo what diseases do these harmful rays lead to without eye protection?
 
    • Cataracts
    • Age-related macular degeneration
    • Pterygia – tissue growths on the whites of the eyes
    • Skin cancer near the eyes
    • Photokeratitis – sunburn of the cornea
 
Eye damage from the sun is cumulative over the course of your life. The more you are exposed to sunlight, the more likely you are to suffer permanent damage to your eyes. Therefore, it is important to always wear eye protection whenever you are outside during the day. Studies have shown that UV rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so it is especially important to protect your eyes during these hours.

 
The most important step to protect your eyes from sun damage is to wear the proper sunglasses whenever you are in the sun. Sunglasses that cover your entire eye and hug your face like polarized sunglasses are idea. If you are unable to wear polarized sunglasses, wear hats with a wide brim, like a straw hat that covers your entire face. Check out the selection of great sunglasses and hats at Pugs and you'll be amazed at the difference proper eye protection can make!
 
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Topics: Sunglasses, For Your Health