Fall officially begins this week and Triangle residents already have noticed slightly cooler days and the earlier arrival of dusk. It’s tempting this time of year to forget important summer habits like wearing hats outdoors and using sunglasses as the days grow shorter. It is important to note that Dr. Beth R. Friedland encourages her patients at Park Ophthalmology to continue those outdoor sun practices throughout the year. Just as skin can get sunburned any time of year, eyes too can get damaged by the strong North Carolina sun’s ultraviolet radiation.
From Park Ophthalmology, Dr. Friedland offers five crucial facts about eyes and sun exposure:
- Eyes can get sunburned: The sun’s radiation can burn and damage human eyes over time. The effect is cumulative, meaning that more exposure can increase the risk of cataracts, abnormal growths on the eye and cancer. It can take years before a patient notices the effects on their vision of too much sun exposure.
- Short-term effects: A condition called photo-conjunctivitis can occur when a person has too much short-term exposure to the sun. Similar to conjunctivitis (pink eye), photo-conjunctivitis makes the eyes feel irritated, gritty or sore after a day of boating or playing in the snow.
- Risks every season: Being outdoors in fall, winter and spring can expose eyes to more constant reflected light than in the summer. During summer, when the sun is directly overhead, eyes are naturally shaded by the brow bone. Also, it’s tempting to leave the sunglasses at home as the weather cools.
- Children are at greater risk: Children tend to spend more time outdoors than adults and yet they aren’t as likely as their parents to wear sunglasses. They also have larger pupils than adults, allowing in more light, which raises their risk of damage from ultraviolet radiation.
- Choose right sunglasses: Sunglasses play an important role in protecting eyes. Wrap-around lenses provide the most protection. Color of the lenses is not as important as the amount of UV radiation they block. Some shades block up to 99 percent of the harmful rays.
Don’t be lulled into leaving eye protection at home just because the weather is changing. Get tips on choosing the best sunglasses at your next appointment with Beth R. Friedland M.D. and her team. Her office is accepting new patients, so call Park Ophthalmology today to schedule an appointment.
Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eye wear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!
This article about the vision care is brought to you by the Triangle Eye Specialist and the the professional team at Park Ophthalmology, located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.
The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.
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