SUNLIGHT AND YOUR EYES - Everyday Steps to Sun Safety
Without realizing it, we may expose our eyes to danger every
day. Over time, the sun’s rays can seriously damage the eyes and
surrounding skin leading to vision loss and conditions from
cataracts and macular degeneration to eye and eyelid cancers to
early aging of the skin around the eyes.
Certain types of
light from the sun can wreak havoc in the eye area. UVA
and UVB rays are the most dangerous forms of light produced by
the sun. They are considered a major cause of cataracts, eyelid
cancers and certain other skin cancers, and believed to play a
part in macular degeneration. Most of the damage that will lead
to cataracts has occurred by the age of 18.
(HEV) - These high-energy visible light waves in the violet/
blue spectrum are highly dangerous and considered a major cause
of macular degeneration and other serious eye diseases. Blue
light can damage the retina throughout your life. Retinal Cancer
ramifications are being studied and yet to be determined.
|Some Risk Factors for long-term risk of sun damage:
» Light colored eyes (less protective pigment
» Work outdoors
» Recreation outdoors
Having had a skin cancer
||Possible damage includes:
Eyelid Cancers or Conjunctival Cancers
Benign Growths of the Conjunctiva
» Keratitis, or Corneal Sunburn
to the National Cancer Institute’s SEER database, an estimated
2,390 men and women were diagnosed with and 240 died from
cancers of the eye and orbit in 2008.
Although the eyelid
is designed to protect the eye, its skin is exceedingly thin and
contains many fragile tissues that may be injured by UV light.
Inside the eye, the lens and the cornea, both transparent,
filter UV rays. By doing so for many years, the eyelids may
become damaged as well as the internal health of the eye.
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