Humanity needs the sun and different kinds of indoor lighting to keep the world moving. Even so, ultraviolet (UV) and solar blue light can harm your eyes. The American Academy of Ophthalmology advises that you protect your eyes from these harmful light types. But, do not just protect your eyes; the areas around them also need shielding. Work with an ophthalmologist to determine the best protection measures to take up.
UV and Solar Blue Light coming from the sun’s warm but potentially harmful light rays. UV light rays harm the outer part of the eyes and the skin surrounding them. When walking outside, the outer parts of your eyes are exposed. It would be difficult to protect it adequately with sunscreen. Continuous exposure of this eye area to UV light rays may cause you to develop cataracts and skin cancer.
Solar blue light is bad news for the interior part of your eyes. Exposure to it may cause you to develop some eye disorders like macular degeneration in the long run. The risk of developing eye conditions is more significant for children than adults because their eyes let in more light.
The secret to protecting yourself from the effects of UV and solar blue light is to avoid these rays at all costs. When outside, wear sunglasses and a hat. Also, limit the length of your exposure. For example, you could choose to go out only when the rays of the sun are not too strong, such as after sunrise and just before sunset. If you must be outside in the scorching sun, stay in the shade.
Your sunglasses are built to protect your eyes from UV and solar blue light, but they are not the only ones that can do it. Even your indoor glasses can do the job. Some are made of advanced material like polycarbonate and trivex, both of which give you absolute protection from UV rays.
If you need to improve the effectiveness of your glasses or sunglasses, have them fitted with some specialized coating. The adjustment gives you complete protection from reflections, glares, UV, and solar blue light.
It would be challenging to know the kind of fittings and adjustments your eyewear needs all on your own. But, you could consult with an ophthalmologist. He will evaluate your lifestyle, vision needs, and prescription then recommend the coatings, frames, and other adjustments you may need.
After getting the right gear, your next task is to ensure that you get into the habit of protecting your eyes. Develop a habit of always making an effort to ward off the harmful rays whenever you step outside. Always have with you some protective sunglasses and a hat. Please do the same for your child and make it a requirement for them too.
Also, besides shielding from solar blue light, talk to your eye doctor about getting glasses or lenses that can block digital blue light. Most people are always on their gadgets indoors, and the blue light from these devices is quite harmful to the eyes.
Make every effort to keep your eyes safe from harmful UV lights and solar blue light. Also, have protective material to shield you from digital blue light when using your electronic devices. To determine the material that will work best for your family, consult with an ophthalmologist. Visit the Eastside Eye Physicians in Shelby Township or St. Clair Shores, Michigan. You can also contact us at 586-247-2020 or (586) 200-1905 to request an appointment.