Ultraviolet Rays

Did you know that prolonged exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays may cause eye conditions that can lead to vision loss and blindness?

Ultraviolet radiation is composed of invisible high-energy UV-A and UV-B rays from the sun. Recent studies have shown that without protection, prolonged exposure to ultraviolet radiation may cause serious eye conditions such as cataracts and macular degeneration and can lead to vision loss and blindness.

Everyone is at risk for eye damage from the sun and it is important to protect your eyes from the damage caused by even a single outing without protective eyewear. The same UV-A and UV-B rays that can damage skin and cause skin cancer, wrinkles, and premature aging can also damage your eyesight. Similar to sunburns on your skin, burns on the outer surface of the eyes usually disappear within a few days, but may lead to further complications later on. So when you protect yourself from the sun, don’t just think about your skin – think about your eyes too.

UV-Related Facts

  • During the summer months, the level of ultraviolet radiation is three times greater than in the winter.
  • Reflected sunlight off water, snow and pavement can be the most dangerous type of UV light because it is intensified.
  • Of the 20 million people with cataracts, an estimated 20% of these cases may be due to UV-rays.
  • Every year 3.2 million people go blind from eye conditions caused due to prolonged UV exposure.