Dr. David J. Nota
Doctor of Optometry
224 Avenida Del Mar Ste A
San Clemente, CA 92672
P: 949-492-2029
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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.

Blue light (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:
» Fair Skin
» Light colored eyes (less protective pigment melanin)
» Age
» Work or recreation outdoors

Possible damage includes:
» Eyelid Cancers or Conjunctival Cancers
» Intraocular Melanoma
» Benign Growths of the Conjunctiva
» Macular Degeneration
» Cataracts
» Keratitis, or Corneal Sunburn

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According 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.
San Clemente Optometry
San Clemente Optometry 224 Avenida Del Mar Ste A San Clemente, CA 92672 Phone: (949) 492-2029

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