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UV Safety Month

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Ultraviolet light: The rays are notoriously harmful to our skin, but how much do you know about the effects on our eyes? UV light can damage your eyes in a number of ways; it’s crucial we educate ourselves on the impacts of these harmful rays.

What is UV light?
UV light, or ultraviolet light, is an intense power of light that can be naturally occurring from the sun as well as artificially created for indoor lights.

How does UV light hurt the eyes?
UV light harms the eyes by penetrating the surface tissues, as well as the cornea and lens.

What are the conditions caused by exposure to UV light?
Cataracts: This condition clouds the lens of the eye over time, leading to blurry vision. Eye cancers: There are several types of eye cancers, which range in severity. Eye cancer is a serious condition that requires immediate attention and a big reason why yearly eye exams are so important. Pterygium: This condition consists of a large growth on the eye which can result in irritation and blurred vision. Snow blindness: This condition is a form of photokeratitis, which develops after exposure to reflection of UV rays off snow, water, sand, and ice. This is a temporary but painful condition.

How can one protect their eyes against UV light?
The most obvious answer is to wear sunglasses; make sure you’re wearing sunglasses even when it’s cloudy, and try to accessorize with a wide-brimmed hat if possible, as that offers added protection. Avoid tanning beds, as they create the same harmful rays as outdoor sunlight.