3 Diseases Caused by UV Rays

Yes, you might look at paparazzi pictures of your favorite celebrity donning a pair of overly sized glasses and think, “I want to look that good.” And although getting a good pair of sunglasses to shield your eyes from those bright flashing light will help complete just about any fashion ensemble, glasses are also a crucial contributor to good eye health. Read on to learn more.

Cataracts
Cataracts are an eye disease that cause your eyes to become cloudy and can prevent people from seeing properly. Typically caused by the onset of old age— over half of people over the age of 65 have cataracts— cataracts can also be caused by sun exposure. In fact, it is estimated that approximately 20% of individuals who have cataracts got them from sun exposure— that’s why it’s important for you to shield your eyes from the sun.

Macular Degeneration
friends-huddle-Small50Similar to cataracts, macular degeneration is an eye disease that typically affects people who are in their later stages of life. However, did you know that sun damage can increase your likelihood of getting macular degeneration as well? And as an eye disease that affects far more people that cataracts, it’s important to do everything you can to prevent yourself from getting this nasty eye disease.

So how exactly does the sun contribute to the development of macular degeneration? By causing damage to the center part of the retina, the sun can cause individuals to experience symptoms of macular degeneration such as the inability to see.

Pterygium
Pterygium is an eye disease that more commonly affects individuals who have spend massive amounts of time working or playing in the sun. By causing a growth of tissue over the white part of the eye, pterygium causes a block in vision. Although it can be surgically treated, it’s important to wear the right type of protective sunwear while working outside.

As you can see, there are many eye diseases that are caused by UV rays. To help keep you as protected as possible, contact Dr. Steve Thom regarding what type of eyewear you should be wearing. To learn more, contact our office today!

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