Summers are celebrated in Orange County, focus on protecting your eyes as you lounge by the pool or beach applying sunscreen to your skin. These steps will help you understand sun damage and how you can protect eyes properly. Follow these steps for the entire family including protecting the eyes of the children.
UV Rays Cause Damage to Your Eyes
Prolonged exposure to the sun and harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays may cause serious eye conditions such as cataracts, and even lead to blindness.
What are UV Rays?
There are different types of UV radiation, the most common form of UV radiation is sunlight and it produces three main types of UV Rays.
UVA rays have the longest wavelengths, followed by UVB, and UVC. Thankfully they are mostly blocked by the atmosphere but not enough! Here’s what you can do to protect your eyes.
How Can You Protect Eyes?
Invest in E-SPF Sunglasses
Wear sunglasses with lenses that have E-SPF. Just because the glasses have a dark tint, doesn’t mean they offer the right protection for your eyes. The summer months are hotter than other seasons, this makes the UV rays a bit more intense. E-SPF is a rating system that indicates the overall UV protection of your lenses. The higher the E-SPF, the more protected your eyes are. Focus on the rating, not the color of the lenses.
Wear Swimming Goggles
According to the American Optometric Association or “AOA”. 42% of swimmers open their eyes under water. Chlorinated or salt water can lead to redness and irritation. Using goggles will protect your eyes from the harsh chemicals and irritations.
Get Your Eyes Checked Early
Getting your eyes checked regularly is another form of prevention. The Rays from electronic screens such as computer monitors, cell phones, and televisions can also cause damage to your eyes. Even if you’re not an avid outdoor, in the sun active person, the same damage to your eyes can occur inside the house.
Our Lasik Center Medical Group in Irvine CA is the private practice for Dr. Alexandra®. She is an experienced Orange County Ophthalmologist dedicated to prevention. She has performed over 50,000 Lasik surgeries and has helped thousands of patients discover an active lifestyle without eyeglasses or contact lenses. She advocates and promotes good overall eye health and prevention measures that will minimize damage to your eyes.
If you’d like to discuss your vision one-on-one with Dr. Alexandra®, schedule a complimentary consultation with our Orange County laser vision correction team.