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Five Tips from Ophthalmologists That Will Protect Your Eyes from Sun Damage

The days are longer, the sun is hotter, the beach beckons and out comes the sunscreen. But summer revelers looking forward to sizzling hot fun in the sun shouldn’t overlook their eyes when it comes to protecting themselves from damaging ultraviolet rays, warns South Jersey Eye Physicians and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

In support of UV Safety Month in July, South Jersey Eye Physicians joins the Academy in sharing information on how to keep eyes safe from sun damage. Excess sun exposure can put people at risk of serious short-term and long-term eye problems. If eyes are exposed to strong sunlight for too long without protection, UV rays can burn the cornea and cause temporary blindness in a matter of hours. Long-term sun exposure has also been linked to an increased risk of cataracts, cancer and growths on or near the eye.

Here are five things people can do to cut their risk of eye damage from the sun:

Find more information on how to protect your eyes from the sun year-round at the Academy’s EyeSmart website.   

Assessment of Levels of Ultraviolet A Light Protection in Automobile Windshields and Side Windows, Boxer Wachler, JAMA Ophthalmology, published online May 2016 

Posted on July 01, 2016