Ultraviolet (UV) rays can have significant effects on the human eye, especially during the daytime when UV levels are high. Certain types of individuals are generally more susceptible to UV radiation, but since the sun’s UV rays are part of natural life, they cannot be completely avoided. Fortunately, there are ways to lessen their UV exposure.
Today, we talk about the types of people that have a higher risk of developing eye conditions from UV exposure.
Children spend most of their time outdoors, making them more vulnerable to the effects of UV light. Furthermore, their bodies haven’t fully developed yet, so their eyes are more vulnerable to conditions caused by UV exposure. Their eyes’ crystalline lenses are typically clear as glass at birth, so UV light can pass through more easily. The lenses become slightly yellow as the crystalline lenses mature, so adult eyes do a better job at filtering out short-wavelength light.
That said, make sure your kids wear UV-blocking sunglasses whenever they go out. You should also teach your little ones to avoid looking straight into the sun.
Outdoor workers, such as those working in construction, are exposed to the sun when UV radiation is usually at its highest – between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. – which is their typical work hours. That is why it is highly recommended for them to wear sunglasses even on cloudy days. Regular visits to an eye doctor are also important so that they can monitor their eye health.
Contact Lens Wearers
While it is true that many contact lenses today can block UV rays, it doesn’t mean your eyes are completely protected from the sun. Your contacts can only protect your cornea and the structures behind it, such as the lens and retina. They don’t cover your conjunctiva as well as the skin on your eyelids and brow bone, so these parts are left vulnerable to UV radiation. Make sure to wear sunglasses so you can protect these parts of your eyes.
Since 1982, Opti-Care has provided locals with the high-quality eye care they need and deserve. From dry eye treatments to eyeglass fitting, we are confident that we can help you with all your optometric needs. Schedule an eye exam today by filling out our contact form or contacting us at (410) 795-8670. We accept patients in and around Westminster, MD.