This summer, your skin isn’t the only thing that might get burned. People over the age of 65 are more vulnerable to the effects of sun exposure. While you may be aware of the need of protecting your skin from dangerous UV radiation, you should also protect your eyes.
1. Prevent sunburned eyes
There are three types of UV rays: UVA, UVB and UVC, but only UVA and UVB rays are found in sunlight. Over time, exposure to these UV rays can damage your skin and eyes.
According to preventblindness.org, short-term exposure to high UVB rays can cause a corneal sunburn, better known as phot keratitis. While the sunburn won’t last, it can make eyes dry and itchy, and even lead to temporary vision loss.
2. Wear protective sunglasses
To help protect your eyes, look for sunglasses with 100% UVA and UVB protection.
Also consider larger frames to prevent rays from entering your eyes from the sides or tops of your glasses. You may be able to find larger styles at your optometrist’s office. If you cant find larger styles that suit your face shape or your style, you can usually find something suitable to your tastes online.
3. Limit Exposure
While you can’t avoid the sun completely, you can limit your risk. UV rays are strongest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., so consider open-air activities outside those hours. Avoid using sunlamps as they can emit UVA/UVB rays as well. When outside, make sure to wear sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat in addition to your sunglasses.
By following these tips, you can help keep your vision protected all summer long. To maintain good eye health, get an annual eye exam.