Summer is the season for relaxing barbecues with friends and lazy weekends at the pool. But did you know that the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation is actually stronger in the summer? As we celebrate UV Safety Month this July, your trusted eye doctor from Alderwood Optical and Canyon Park Vision Clinic shares five ways to protect your eyes from UV rays:
1. Understand the Potential Effects of UV Exposure on Your Eyesight
UVA rays have been commonly linked with retinal penetration, which can increase your risk of developing age-related eye diseases like pterygium, cataracts, and macular degeneration. UVB rays can cause skin and corneal sunburns, as well as conjunctival inflammation.
2. Check the UV Index Before Going Outside
The UV Index is an international standard of measurement created by the World Health Organization to indicate the strength of solar radiation in a specific location at a certain time. The Environmental Protection Agency provides this rating on a daily basis. Your reliable eye doctor suggests checking it before going outside so you can take extra precautions to protect your eyes if necessary.
3. Apply Sunscreen
Purchase sunscreen that provides both UVA and UVB coverage and apply it over any exposed flesh, as well as the areas around your eyes. We also recommend wearing a wide-brimmed hat and carrying an umbrella for added protection.
4. Get Your Eyes Checked
Having regular eye exams is the most important step in safeguarding your visual health. Your expert eye doctor may have you undergo several tests to assess your ocular structures and functions. This way, we can immediately detect any irregularities and provide necessary treatment.
5. Invest in High-Quality Sunglasses
No matter the season or weather, UV radiation is always present, especially around reflective surfaces like snow, water, and even sand. We advise wearing sunglasses that absorb up to 400 nanometers of UVA and UVB rays, giving you 100% solar radiation protection.
For more UV eye safety tips, call us at (425) 771-8472 for Alderwood Optical or (425) 485-0430 for Canyon Park Vision Clinic. You may also complete our form to request an appointment. We serve Redmond and Kirkland, WA as well along with our surrounding areas.