WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DON’T PROTECT YOUR EYES FROM UV?
There are several conditions that can be worsened or brought on by UV rays. Some of the key issues are as follows:
- Photokeratitis: caused by exposure to high doses of UV, where the cornea itself is sunburnt. It is commonly known as snow blindness as it can be experienced by those who spend time in snow environments like skiers. Snow, like water and white sand is highly reflective of UV.
- Pterygium: a fleshy white-pink growth that can invade the cornea and disfigures the eye. This condition is commonly known as Surfer’s Eye, due to the high rate of surfers experiencing these growths from long periods outside, particularly on the water’s reflective surface, resulting in overexposure to UV rays.
- Cataracts: clouding of the eye, leading to blurred and distorted vision. It is estimated that 20 per cent of cataract cases are caused or made worse by UV exposure.
The damage to the eye caused by UV exposure is generally cumulative. If you are not utilising eye protection when outside from early childhood eye problems are likely to develop later in life.
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