Exposure To Sun Could Have Harmful Effects On Your Eyes

By: Danielle Morgan Email
By: Danielle Morgan Email

While you're out enjoying the sun eye doctors say don't forget to protect your eyes from the sun and from firework ashes.

It's summer time and more people are pulling out the shades, but doctors say not nearly enough.

3.2 million people go blind every year from what the world health organization says is too much exposure to the sun.

Technically, optometrist Gerald Combs says it's the ultraviolet radiation that can literally make small abrasions on your eye.

The pain and damage starts very early.

Doctor Combs says it increases in tanning beds, but the good news is, there is help to stop the progress of the damage.

All it takes is investing in the right sunglasses.

Doctor combs says every pair of sunglasses should have 99 to 100 percent UVA and UVB protection, screen out 75 to 90 percent of light, have distortion free lenses, and even tinting on both eyes.

He says regular eye exams are also key to stopping any previous damage.

The optometry-giving-sight organization says the lack of eye care is why 250 million people are blind or visually impaired.

With the Fourth of July here, Doctor Combs says people shouldn't forget about their eyes during the celebration.

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