Getting UV Protection For Your Eyes at Your Spartanburg Optometrist
Most people know that UV light exposure is hazardous to the skin. Unfortunately, people don't often think about how it affects the eyes. This leads to unnecessary and dangerous exposure of the eyes to this damaging light. Here at Eyes On Henry in Spartanburg, SC, we want everyone to be aware of the dangers and to take proper measures to protect their eyes.
How UV Light Can Affect the Eyes
UV light exposure can cause damage to the eyes in both short-term and long-term ways. Too much exposure in a short period of time can cause a condition that is like a sunburn of the eyes. This condition, known as photokeratitis, can be painful and cause other uncomfortable effects such as a gritty feeling, extreme light sensitivity, and excessive tearing.
Long-term exposure to UV light has been implicated in the development of cataracts, macular degeneration, and other eye problems. These conditions take years to develop, so protecting your eyes from UV light over time is important for lowering your risk.
How Can You Protect Your Eyes From UV Light Exposure?
- Wear good sunglasses. A proper pair of sunglasses should block 100 percent of UV light. They should also be dark enough to block at least 80 percent of visible light. Blocking visible light also helps protect your eyes from harmful blue light from the sun.
- Get clear glasses with UV protection. If you wear clear eyeglasses, make sure to get the clear UV blocking coating option added. While this won't protect your eyes from bright visible light, it can provide up to 100 percent protection from the UV part of the spectrum.
- Wear appropriate, specialized eyewear for welding and other activities involving bright light.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat. This will cast shade over your face and add extra UV protection.
Get Your New Pair of UV Sunglasses at Eyes on Henry
If you need a new pair of glasses or sunglasses, just stop by our optical shop in Spartanburg. We offer frames in all of the most popular styles. Call 864-585-0208 to learn more.