Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light raises the risk of eye diseases such as cataracts, macular degeneration and eyelid skin cancer. Here are five things you can do to protect yourself and your family this summer:
1Wear large sunglasses that cover your eyes, eyelids and the skin around your eyes when you go outside, even if it’s cloudy. Clouds don’t block UV rays. Get sunglasses with 100 percent UV protection. The label should say ‘Uv400’.
2Wear a wide-brimmed hat, a bucket hat, or a baseball hat to protect your eyes from the sun. Ladies, a summer hat is not only stylish, it will add to the protection your sunglasses provide.
3Wear goggles when you swim to protect your eyes against chlorine in the pool, and from other contaminants that can harm your eyes if you are swimming in the ocean.
4Drink enough water so you don’t get dehydrated, which can cause dry eyes, an irritating condition where the eyes don’t make enough tears or the tears evaporate too quickly.
5. Don’t gaze at the sun. The American Academy of Ophthalmology warns that staring directly at the sun can burn holes in the retina, a rare but irreversible condition.