With plenty of sunshine in the forecast for the next few days, we know to protect our skin with sunscreen. It's also important to remember your eyes. Ultraviolet radiation poses a danger to your eyes, just like it does to your skin. The sun's harmful rays can effect the skin surrounding the eyes and also the structures in the eyes themselves. Make sure to choose sunglasses that offer 100 percent UVA and UVB protection, are close fitting to the eyes, and they should slightly wrap around the corners of your eyes.
Optometrist Julie Vendittis says, "the cornea, which is the clear structure on the outside of the eye, that absorbs the UVB rays, and you can have a photokeratitis. It's where there's actually a burn to the cornea. The rays can penetrate and the lens can absorb radiation, and that can contribute to certain types of cataracts. A cataract is when the lens in the eye becomes cloudy and effects the vision."
Dr. Vendittis adds it's important for all ages to protect their eyes, which is good advice since summer officially starts next week.
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