We all know the damage that sunlight can cause to skin, but few people realize that the same UV rays that cause skin cancer and other problems can also harm your eyes over time. And unlike other parts of your body, the natural lens in your eye cannot repair itself once it becomes damaged. Over time, sun damage to your lenses can cause serious eye disorders and even loss of vision.
Sun damage can contribute to several different eye conditions, including:
It’s important to wear effective sunglasses that block both UV and blue light rays. It can be helpful to obtain sunglasses with larger lenses in order to better protect the delicate skin surrounding your eyes as well, which can be prone to skin cancer.
While everyone is at risk of eye damage from the sun, certain patients face an increased risk – including children under 10 years old, people with retinal disorders, people with lighter eyes, and anyone taking medication that increases light sensitivity in the eyes.
If you have further questions about proper eye care, please contact The Khanna Institute today or call (877) 254-2662 to schedule a consultation with our experienced Beverly Hills ophthalmologist Dr. Khanna. We serve patients in Beverly Hills, Westlake Village, and surrounding areas of Los Angeles, California.