If your eyes are exposed to excessive amounts of UV radiation over a short period of time, you will likely experience some sort of eye damage. If you are planning to spend a few days at the beach this summer, please read our advice.
Going to the beach is a favourite activity for people of all ages. But the same things that make it beautiful can make it harder on the eyes. Wind, water and even the sand can intensify the sun and it’s UV rays. This is why you should be extra careful with your eyes at the beach.
Sunglasses with polarized lenses are most often recommended for the beach. Polarized lenses cut the glare from the sand and water and are manufactured to enhance your vision and clarity on the water, allowing you to focus.
Even in overcast days the sun’s UV rays can easily penetrate the cloud level and damage your eyes if you are outside for a significant length of time and you aren’t wearing sunglasses.
Here’s a few of the damages caused by prolonged sun exposure you will avoid by wearing sunglasses at the beach:
Never heard of it? It is an eye condition caused by prolonged sun exposure. Like a sunburn of the eye, photokeratitis can be painful. Its symptoms include red eyes, extreme sensitivity to light and excessive tearing. Fortunately, these symptoms are usually temporary and rarely cause permanent damage to the eyes.
The longer the eyes are exposed to solar radiation, the greater the risk of developing cataracts or macular degeneration later in life.
Skin Cancers of the Eyelid
If you spend too much time sunbathing, skin cancers of the eyelid can also occur. Skin cancers of the eyelid, account for 5 to 10 percent of all skin cancers so this is another reason your eyes should stay protected.
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