Southern Nevada is one of the sunniest places in the United States. Almost 300 days a year, we have full or partial sun. All that sun means Ultra Violet (UV) rays, which can be harmful to not only our skin, but to our eyes.
The eyes and the delicate tissue around the eyes may be damaged by UV rays and possibly lead to serious disease, such as cancer, and cataracts. It can also contribute to macular degeneration or cause unsightly blemishes such as pinguecula or pterygium. Protecting your eyes is very important and easy. First, use glasses or sunglass lenses that absorb or block UV rays. The lenses should block 99 to 100 percent of UVA/UVB light. Sunglasses, from reputable manufacturers, will come premade with UV ray blocking coating and are typically designated with a label. Consider lens and frame sizes that sufficiently cover the eyes and surrounding area.
Remember, just because they are sunglasses, or tinted, does not mean they block UV. Also, it is never too early to begin wearing sunglasses. One’s everyday vision-correcting glasses can be treated with UV ray blocking coating, as well. Next, wear a hat with a brim. Hats shield your eyes form UV entering above sunglasses and create shade for your face. Last, apply sunscreen to unprotected areas and try to stay in the shade during peak sun hours, typically 10am to 4pm. Following these tips and also remembering to protect yourself on cloudy days, will aid you in maintaining healthy eyes and vision through out your life. For additional information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gassen, please call our office at 702-896-6043.