New Research shows a link between blue eyes and cancer. For many individuals who have blue eyes and fair skin, you could be at higher risk for moles and freckling which is often a precursor to skin cancer and melanoma. You are subject to ultraviolet light anytime you are outdoors – including sunny and cloudy days. People don’t realize that all 4 seasons of the year, they are exposed to damaging blue light. This is a color of visible light that we are exposed to when ever we are outside. This blue wavelength of light, which is why the sky is blue, causes you the most damage. It causes skin cancer and eye cancers. You must protect your eyes and skin from the harmful cancer-causing Ultraviolet radiation, from childhood through adulthood. Both intermittent and intense exposure can add to the risk of skin cancer.
The area around your eyes is one of the most susceptible to skin cancer. Anytime you are outdoors, you should be wearing polarized sunglasses. Not just any sunglasses, but those that are custom fit and provide plenty of coverage from your brow bone to your cheekbone. Often times people pick up sunglasses from a drug store or big box store that have a sticker on the front of the lens thinking they are protected. These types of sunglasses may be more harmful than helpful because it has been found that pick up sunglasses off the rack may be simply shading your eyes, which causes them to dilate and thereby letting in more harmful light and ultraviolet radiation!
Don’t be fooled! Custom Fit Polarized Sunglasses with 100% UVA, UVB and UVC protection will help protect your eyes and the skin around them to prevent the risk of skin and eye cancers such as melanoma. Custom Fit Polarized Sunglasses paired with a sunscreen that has a certified a SPF 30 or above with zinc oxide is the only sunscreen that is really protective.
Have your eyes examined at least yearly to detect any damage or life or sight threatening problems caused by Ultraviolet Light. To learn more about how you can reduce your risk of skin cancer, visit Eyewear Gallery and it’s doctors.
Dr. Warren Johnson & Dr. Do Nguyen