Too much sun exposure not only affects your skin but also your eyes. If not addressed right away, it can increase your risk of getting diagnosed with certain eye diseases like cataracts and age-related macular degeneration, as well as cancer and eye growths. In this blog, the esteemed local eye doctor from Alderwood Optical & Canyon Park Vision Clinic shares the signs your eyes have been overexposed to the sun. We’ll also touch on some tips to protect yourself from the sun’s damaging effects.
Symptoms to Watch Out For
The effects of sun overexposure on your eyes don’t happen in an instant. The risk is cumulative, which means the longer your eyes are exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, the more likely you are to be diagnosed with the eye diseases mentioned above.
Developing photokeratitis is one of the most obvious signs of sun overexposure. It is the inflammation of the cornea or the clear covering of the front of your eyes. Symptoms associated with this eye disease include the following:
- Eye redness or discomfort
- Blurry vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Twitching of the eyelids
- Short-term vision loss
The longer the exposure, the more intense these symptoms can be. While they can last from six to 24 hours, it is a must that you visit your local eye doctor if you are experiencing serious vision loss or any extent of vision loss that doesn’t improve. You may be prescribed pain relievers or antibiotic eye drops to alleviate said symptoms, as well as recommend home remedies such as using a cold compress.
Protecting Your Eyes from the Sun
Rather than risk temporary to permanent damage, it is best that you learn to protect your eyes from sun overexposure. Whenever you’re going out, be it on a vacation or on your deck in your yard, make sure to wear your sunglasses and a brimmed hat to reduce the impact of bright light. If possible, avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., which is the period when the sun is at its most intense.
As full-service eye care specialty clinics, Alderwood Optical & Canyon Vision Clinic diagnose and manage eye diseases, working closely with patients to develop personalized care plans that help preserve vision and quality of life. Get in touch with our eye doctor today for the best eye care and eyewear services in the area. Call (425) 771-8472 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve residents of Kirkland and Redmond, WA.