One In Three Adults Unaware Of Eye Health Risks Of Too Much Sun Exposure!!

UV exposure can be painful!

In a USA Today article, it was reported that wearing a hat and protecting eyes “from harmful UV rays” is as much a part of sun protection as slathering on sunscreen. “A 2009 survey by the American Optometric Association found that one in three adults are unaware of the eye health risks of spending too much time in the sun without proper protection.” Excessive UV exposure may result in growths in the front of your eyes which we see in our practice alot since we are in the South in Memphis, Tennessee. These are called pingueculas and pterygiums. They look yellowish in color and are like warts seen in the white part of the eye called the sclera.  In addition,  sight threatening problems from UV exposure causes macular degeneration, or cataracts even if there is no family history.  And, “even a few hours of intense, unprotected exposure even on cloudy days can have consequences, says the American Optometric Association.  Painful conditions like corneal burns which is photokeratitis can cause an emergency visit to your eye doctor which is also caused by this exposure to UV on cloudy days or sunny days in all 4 seasons of the year.  Remember polarized sunglasses and hats worn when outside more than 15 minutes; no matter if it is cloudy or sunny in any season will help reduce the risk of the above mentioned sight threatening problems. www.TheEyeWearGallery.com Dr. Warren Johnson/Dr. Burt Bodan

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