We need the sun to survive. Its light helps us see with our eyes and synthesize vitamin D with our skin, and its heat keeps us, and our world, warm. Unfortunately, as necessary as the sun is to our survival, it can also have some negative effects on our eyes when we spend too much time outside. Below are a few common types of eye injuries related to the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
Cataracts occur when the crystalline lens of your eye becomes cloudy and opaque. If you’ve ever seen someone with a white film over their eyes, then you’ve probably seen someone with cataracts. They generally start small, but when left untreated they can result in partial or total blindness. Research has linked the formation of cataracts with UVB light from the sun.
Macular degeneration involves the macula; the area located at the center of the retina which is responsible for clear vision. Research has indicated that prolonged exposure to UV radiation may damage your retina and, by extension, your macula, resulting in macular degeneration and a reduced ability to see.
Is your skin prone to sunburn? If so, you’re probably aware that you need to take precautions to ensure your skin stays healthy when you’re outside. What you probably aren’t aware of is that your eyes can suffer from a type of sunburn themselves.
Keratitis, a condition similar to sunburn that can occur on your cornea, is often caused by overexposure to UV rays. Keratitis can also result from parasitic infections and inflammation of the cornea. When left untreated, keratitis can sometimes lead to permanent damage to your cornea.
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