Protect Your Eyes

by Sara Waldron on August 1, 2017

Why should I protect my eyes?

protect-your-eyes pic 1Protecting your eyesight is one of the most important things you can do to sustain your quality of life. So remember this summer while you are enjoying the outdoors and sunny weather to wear quality sunglasses with UV protection. The sun is imperative to our survival since it supports life on our planet but these sun rays also provide dangerous ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Most people are aware of how harmful UV radiation is to the skin but often times we may not realize how harmful this is to the eyes and our vision. Remember artificial sources, such as tanning beds and lasers, can produce harmful UV radiation too.

How can UV radiation harm my eyes?

There are three types of UV radiation. UV-C doesn’t present any threat since it is absorbed by the ozone layer. The other two, UV-A and UV-B radiation, can provide long and short-term negative effects on your eyes and vision. Excessive amounts of UV radiation in a short period of time can often result in Photokeratitis. This is known as a “sunburn of the eye” and can be quite painful. The symptoms may include red eyes, excessive tearing, and an extreme sensitivity to light. Fortunately, these symptoms are typically short-term and rarely result in permanent damage to the eyes. The risk of cataracts or macular degeneration can develop later in life due to longer exposure to solar radiation.

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For adequate protection for your eyes, seek sunglasses that:

  • Block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation
  • Screen out 75 to 90 percent of visible light
  • Have lenses that are perfectly matched in color and free of distortion and imperfection
  • Have lenses that are gray for proper color recognitionprotect your eyes pic



Be sure to protect your eyes this summer! To learn more about Outreach Education and the BSU Peer Educators, like the BSU Outreach Education page on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @bsuoutreach, and check out our calendar for upcoming events on the Involvement Network at and search for the BSU Peer Educators.

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