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July is UV Safety Month

Sunshine Can Cause Lasting Eye Damage

July is UV safety month. This designation is to bring awareness of the importance of protecting our eyes and skin from harmful ultraviolet rays. Ultraviolet (UV) rays are an invisible kind of radiation that comes from the sun, tanning beds, and sunlamps. UV rays can penetrate and change skin cells. The three types of UV rays are ultraviolet A (UVA), ultraviolet B (UVB), and ultraviolet C (UVC).

 

Ultraviolet Rays Can Cause Eye Diseases and Damage

Summertime often means long hours in the sun. Most of us remember to protect our skin by applying sunblock, but don’t forget that your eyes need protection as well. Too much exposure to UV light raises your risk of eye diseases and other problems. UV Rays raise the risk of developing eye cancers, eye sunburns, growths on the eye, and cataracts. Scheduling regular appointments with Glenn K. Davis, II, MD can help catch any potential problems.

 

Proper Sunglasses and Knowledge Can Protect Your Eyes

The first line of defense for your eyes is your sunglasses. Make sure when you are selecting a new pair of sunglasses to pick a pair with 100 percent UV. You could also select UV400 protection, or block both UV-A and UV-B rays. Other precautions you can take, or be aware of, are:

 

  • Wear a Broad-brimmed hat along with your sunglasses.
  • Know that clouds don’t block UV light.
  • Sunlight is strongest midday to early afternoon, so avoid the outdoors between 10 a.m. & 4 p.m.
  • UV rays reflect off of water, ice, or snow.
  • Never look directly at the sun. Doing so at any time can damage the eye’s retina.
  • Avoid tanning beds. Tanning beds pose the same risks to your eyes and body as the sun.

 

For excellence in eye care, schedule your appointment with Glenn K. Davis, II, MD, today. Call our offices in Pulaski at (540)980-1965, or Galax at (276)236-8307. Stay in touch by liking us on Facebook for updates on eye health and more on keeping your eyes safe in the sun. Remember, July is UV safety month.