When people go on vacation, they are often more exposed to the sun’s radiation, which can cause eye problems that are just as serious as skin problems.
It is therefore important to practice a prevention routine to care for eye health in addition to being well-informed, being aware and taking precautions. Also, avoid exposing your eyes to direct sunlight without proper sunglasses that is certified to protect against ultraviolet rays.
What happens when eyes are exposed to the sun?
Studies conducted by the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Buenos Aires stress that sunglasses that provide proper sun protection should be used in order to prevent conditions such as: cataracts, maculopathy, pterygium (known as surfer’s eye, which is the growth of connective tissue on the surface of the eye), photokeratitis (inflammation of the cornea), conjunctivitis, eye tumors and other diseases.
How do you choose the right sunglasses for protecting yourself from the sun?
The American Academy of Ophthalmology explains that it is important to know what type of light you should protect your eyes from, and what type isn’t necessarily damaging. “You should always buy sunglasses that are capable of doing this,” they state.
They recommend choosing sunglasses that block 99% to 100% of UV rays. Some sunglass labels say “400nm UV protection,” which is the equivalent of providing 100% of UV ray protection.
Visit your ophthalmologist regularly
According to statistics from the World Health Organization, over 80% of cases of people with visual impairments throughout the world can be prevented or cured. This figure led the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness to lead a global campaign on the importance of eye health, encouraging all people to see a specialist at least once a year.
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