• UV Eye Safety

  • UV Light Reflected Off Surfaces Damages Your Eye Surface

    Do you take precautions before enjoying the outdoors? Do you wear sunglasses on cloudy days? If you're like most people, you do not properly protect your eyes from UV Light.
  • How Does UV Light Affect Eyesight?

    Both long-term and short-term exposure to UV radiation can harm the eyes, affect vision, and compromise overall eye health.

    There are several eye diseases and conditions caused or aggravated by exposure to UV radiation, such as:

    • Macular Degeneration. Macular Degeneration (AMD) is caused by damage to the retina over time and is the leading cause of age-related blindness. Extended exposure to UV light increases your risk of developing macular degeneration.
    • Cataracts. A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens -- the part of the eye that focuses the light we see. UV light, especially UV-B rays, increases your risk for certain types of cataracts. It is estimated that 10% of all cataract cases are directly attributable to UV exposure.
    • Pterygium. Often called “surfer’s eye,” pterygium is a pink, non-cancerous growth that forms on the layer of conjunctiva over the white of your eye. UV light from the sun is believed to be a factor in the development of these growths.
    • Skin Cancer. Skin cancer in and around the eyelids is also linked to prolonged UV exposure.
    • Photokeratitis. Also known as corneal sunburn or “snow blindness,” photokeratitis is the result of high short-term exposure to UV-B rays. Long hours at the beach or skiing without proper eye protection can cause this problem. It can be very painful and may cause temporary vision loss.
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