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Posted on 05-20-2017
A Message from Dr. Franson about UV Protection!
Spring and summer season in Utah means spending extra time outdoors. Whether it is out hiking, gardening or poolside, we tend to get more sun exposure in the warmer months. Most people are pretty good about using sunscreen and protective clothing against UV rays for our skin but many still forget to protect their eyes. Large amounts of UV exposure can cause short term complications like photokeratitis, a sunburn of the eyes, as well as long term damage. Sun exposure has been linked to the formation of cataracts, macular degeneration and skin cancers around the eye. Long term exposure can also cause tissue build up on the whites of the eye called pingueculas, which can lead to chronic irritation and dry eye.
Here is how you can help protect your eyes from sun damage:
When looking for the right pair of sunglasses:
Don't forget to protect your children's eyes! Researchers estimate we get 80% of our lifetime sun exposure before the age of 18. Children tend to have larger pupils which let more light into their eyes and spend longer amounts of time outdoors than adults.
By: Dr. Kaeleen Franson, O.D.
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