With the beginning of June, the summer season is now at its peak! Naturally, the sun is also at its brightest. We often associate sun protection with our skin; diligently applying sunscreen to shield ourselves from UV radiation.
As we head out during the scorching afternoon hours, we are told to wrap a cloth around our head to protect our hair. But there is something that overlook: The dangers of UV radiation to our eyes.
The Dangers of UV Rays
As per studies, extended exposure to UV radiation can lead to various eye conditions and vision problems. Conditions like photokeratitis, often referred to as "sunburn of the eye," can cause temporary discomfort, redness, and sensitivity to light. But the risks go beyond temporary discomfort.
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Now, we don’t want to scare you but going out in the sun with unprotected eyes also increase the likelihood of developing cataracts, a clouding of the eye's natural lens that can blur our vision and necessitate surgery to restore clarity.
Similarly, age-related macular degeneration, which affects the central vision necessary for detailed tasks, has been linked to prolonged exposure to UV radiation. Hence, it is crucial to take proactive measures to care for our eyes, especially during summers.
Protection against UV Rays
Here are 4 simple steps you can both incorporate into your daily routines:
1. Wear UV-protective sunglasses
Opt for sunglasses that provide 100% protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Look for labels indicating UV400 or 100% UV protection. Larger frames or wrap-around styles offer better coverage and shield our eyes from peripheral light.
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3. Seek shade during peak sunlight hours
When outdoors, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when UV rays are strongest, make an effort to stay in the shade as much as possible. This reduces direct exposure to harmful radiation.
4. Consult An Expert
Get your eyes checked at regular intervals to identify underlying conditions that may affect your eye health. For personalized treatments download Amrutam App and book a consultation with our Ayurvedic Doctors today.
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By implementing these simple steps, you can significantly reduce the risks associated with UV radiation. Let's prioritize the health of our eyes and spread awareness about this important issue! Feel free to share this information with your loved ones and encourage them to take protective measures as well.