Why Your Eyes Deserve Attention
“Like all things, [sunlight] moderation is key,” says optometrist Joe Schneiderhan, O.D. “Your eyes can handle some time in the sun without sunglasses, yet too much of the sun’s UV exposure has negative effects on your eyes and vision, potentially causing short-term and long-term damage.”
- Photokeratitis — a sunburn of your eye, this can happen when you have excessive exposure to UV rays over a short period of time. A common cause can be tanning beds.
- Cataracts — causes the lens of the eye to become cloudy, and can result in loss of clarity or vision entirely if left untreated.
- Skin cancer — not on your eyes, but on your eyelids and skin surrounding your eyes. This skin tissue is ultra-thin, and requires a little extra attention.