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The Sun and Your Eyes

Summer is right around the corner, and it's time to get out the sunblock and sunglasses.

While we tend to only reach for our shades when it's sunny out, sun damage to eyes can occur year-round– even if the weather is cloudy. In fact, 80% of the sun's rays penetrates clouds, so even when you are blinded by the light, you need protection!

Overexposure to UV light raises the risk of eye diseases including cataracts and even cancer. Intense exposure to the sun's rays can even burn the cornea resulting in temporary or permanent blindness.

To ensure you and your aging loved one's eyes are protected from sun damage, follow these simple steps:

  • Always wear sunglasses and a broad-brimmed hat while outdoors (even on cloudier days)
  • Limit time in direct sunlight and try to remain in the shade whenever possible
  • Never look directly at the sun (even on cloudier days or during solar eclipses)
  • Regularly visit your eye doctor to confirm you are using the right protective eyewear for your needs

Learn more about protecting your eyes from the sun in this article from the Skin Cancer Foundation.