As we enjoy the summer months, most of us already know about protecting our skin, but the same holds true for our eyes. Sunlight and UV exposure can affect the eyes in ways we might not even realize. Lisa M McDevitt OD is our optometrist in Reading that helps patients realize the importance of eye protection in the warmer months of the year.
UV light is invisible energy, but it can cause harm to your eyes. Even on cloudy days, your eyes are still exposed to UV light, which can gradually cause damage to your eyes and even make you more likely to develop cataracts or macular degeneration. You can also develop a condition known as photokeratitis, which is essentially a sunburn of the eyes. Eventually, there is also an elevated risk of developing cancer in the eyes prolonged UV exposure.
Wearing a quality pair of sunglasses is one of your best weapons against ultraviolet radiation. There are different styles, such as wraparound sunglasses, that provide maximum protection. However, even if you're in the shade, still have your sunglasses on because there are highly reflective items such as cars or buildings that can still cause damage to your eyes.
There are other ways to protect your eyes in summer. Here are a few more things to think about.
Don't forget proper eye protection if you engage in summer sports or outdoor chores. Whether you're mowing the grass or playing a game of basketball with friends, more injuries happen during warmer months.
Protecting your eyes all year-round is important, not just during the warmer months of the year and routine eye exams with an optometrist is vital. Lisa M McDevitt OD and our support staff are your trusted team of experts for eye care in the local area. Contact us for an appointment!
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