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Protecting your eyes from UV rays: It’s not just a summer thing

February 27, 2023

You’ve probably heard of ultraviolet rays, otherwise known as UV rays. And perhaps you’ve heard they can be harmful to your skin. Our doctor of optometry at Optical Outlets wants you to know more about UV rays and what they can mean to your vision. At our offices, we’re focused on protecting all things related to the health of your eyes, so let's proceed with a short primer on this topic.

Ultraviolet rays are emitted by the sun as well as some artificial sources such as tanning beds, certain types of incandescent, halogen and fluorescent lighting, and some lasers. The natural source of UV rays can have some benefits, such as the production of vitamin D, which is essential to our health. But if our eyes get too much exposure to UV rays, there are risks of developing diseases such as cataracts, cancers or growths in the eyes. 

And although you might associate UV rays with summer, winter sunlight carries risks associated with snow blindness, which can develop after exposure to powerful UV reflections off snow and ice. Overcast days don’t shield you from these potentially harmful rays, either, because the light can pierce clouds and haze. 

The best way to protect yourself from too much exposure to UV rays is to be sure to visit our office for a comprehensive examination and for our recommendations for selecting a pair of sunglasses that protect your eyes from both of the potentially damaging UV-A and UV-B rays. 

Our comprehensive examination includes testing your visual acuity as well as checking the overall health of your eyes. We are also trained to detect systemic conditions that may be indicated through your vision or other ocular disorders.

Regular visits to our doctor of optometry at Optical Outlets are an essential part of caring for your eyes and overall well-being.There are few things more precious than our vision. Please contact our office today for an appointment.