Protecting your eyes from the sun.

The Sun’s Effect On Our Eyes

Even though it is less talked about than skin damage, the sun can have a very damaging effect on our eyes, especially after prolonged or direct exposure. Ultra-violet (UV) rays from the sun may contribute to damaging the cells in our eyes and lead to long-term issues. UV rays from the sun may contribute to the causes of the following:

  • Cataracts
  • Macular degeneration
  • And photokeratitis, which is essentially a “sunburn of your cornea”. (Yes, that’s right: your eyes can get sunburnt. This can lead to blurred vision, light sensitivity, and even temporarily blindness, often referred to as “snow blindness”)

How To Protect Your Eyes From The Sun?

The most common way to protect your eyes from the UV rays of the sun is by wearing sunglasses.

These are able to block some UV rays that may cause damage to your eyes and help protect them from harmful effects. And if you think a wide-brimmed hat or a snow cap is enough to block out these harmful rays, think again: snow, water, dry sand, and sea foam are all able to reflect the sun’s UV rays back up into your face, making sunglasses necessary for protecting your eyes.