Did you know that 80% of our sun damage to the eyes occurs before the age of 18?
After spending a full day at the beach without sun protection we can definitely feel the burns on our skin, but did you know that the eye does not possess pain receptors that react to UV so we don’t feel the burns the same way as our skin does?
So what does happen over time with multiple exposures to sunlight? What does sun damage look like on the eye? UV light affects the front and back surface of the eye. It accumulates over time and can cause any of the following:
- Growths such as pterygia, pinguecula or skin growths on your lids and on the white of your eye;
- Cataracts, which is a clouding of the natural lens of the eye causing blurry vision, is caused by repeated UV damage;
- Freckles at the back of the eye, which can start growing with repeated UV damage.
- One of the risk factors for macular degeneration is UV damage.
Our doctors of optometry will note these changes and monitor their growth to ensure that they do not change into something more dangerous or start affecting your vision.
If you’d like to read more on how UV affects your eyes check out our Eye Q Blog.
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