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As summer gets into full swing, many of us are looking forward to outdoor activities. Before you head out into the sunshine, though, take this opportunity to consider why May is designated as Ultraviolet Awareness Month and learn how to protect yourself and your eyes.
The sun’s UV rays can burn the eye’s cornea and conjunctiva and raise the risk of future eye problems, such as cataracts, macular degeneration and possibly eye cancer called epidermoid carcinoma. Your eyes can even get a sunburn, known as photokeratitis, which may result in pain and temporary vision loss!
Protecting your eyes during outdoor activities is one of the easiest, most basic elements of proper eye care. Here are some tips to help:
It’s also important to have annual dilated eye exams, especially adults who are at higher risk for eye cancer. Factors that increase your risk include fair skin, prolonged sun exposure, tanning bed use, smoking, a family history of eye cancer, and having light-colored eyes.
Ralph G. Berkeley, M.D., is included in the prestigious list of top surgeons nationwide in refractive and cataract surgery. Dr. Berkeley has been honored by his peers as one of the “Best Doctors in America.” Board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology since 1961, Dr. Berkeley is recognized as a pioneer in refractive surgery. He began performing refractive surgery in 1979 and has performed many thousands of procedures.
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