Even as a little child, you probably heard about the importance of wearing sunscreen while you spent days at the beach or pool with friends. And you probably saw your mother wearing a stylish pair of sunglasses that looked more like a fashion accessory than anything else. However, did you know that the sun can actually cause extensive damage and even diseases to your eyes? Read on to learn more.
We’ve all seen an older dog or cat with a glazed look over their eyes, but did you know that the same glazed look can occur to humans as well? Cataracts are an eye disease caused by old age that cause a cloudy layer to appear over your eyes— giving you the inability to see things as clearly as you once did, and if left untreated, could even cause blindness. And although age is the number one perceived contributor to cataracts, the sun can play a contributing role as well. By exposing your eyes to strong UVA and UVB rays, they can deteriorate your eye’s natural lens and lead to cataracts.
As another eye disease that’s primarily related to old age, glaucoma can also be attributed to ultraviolet exposure. Glaucoma is an eye disease that typically places pressure on the eyes and causes optic nerve damage and visual field loss. Because long term exposure to UV lights and rays can actually deteriorate portions of your eyes and lead to glaucoma, if you are someone who spends a lot of time in the outdoors, it’s important to wear protective eyewear.
About 5 to 10 percent of cancers are related to the eye. Eye cancers like eyelid cancer in particular can arise due to an overexposure of ultraviolet rays. Forming either on the upper or lower lid of the eye, eyelid cancer is something that needs to be tended to and taken care of as soon as possible.
As you can see, it’s important to take good care of your eyes. By scheduling an appointment with Precision Vision, our experts will not only check your eyes for any of these diseases but will ensure that you’re wearing the proper sunglasses everyday as well. To learn more, contact Precision Vision today!