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As persons who live in the tropics, we are automatically at risk of prolonged exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun. We should not forget to protect our eyes as we go outdoors. UV radiation (either from natural sunlight or artificial light) can affect the surface tissues of the eyes and the cornea and the lens. But you can prevent this damage when you put on protective eyewear that blocks the UV rays and enables you to have a safe, enjoyable day.

Excessive exposure to UV light can make you develop eye diseases such as cataracts, eye cancers, growths on the eye (pterygium), snow blindness, photokeratitis, sunburn on the eye.

How to protect your eyes from UV radiation

  • When shopping for eyewear, ensure you select the one that can provide 100% UV protection for your eyes.
  • Always wear a wide-brimmed hat along with your sunglasses when going out into the sun.
  • Make available protective hats and sunglasses for your children and elderly relatives that are living with you because there is no age limit for individuals who are at risk of having their eyes being damaged by UV light.
  • Sunlight is usually strongest from midday to early afternoon. Therefore, we advise that you stay indoors during that time.
  • Avoid looking directly at the sun as this can cause severe injury to the eyes called solar retinopathy.
  • Avoid making use of tanning beds as much as possible. They pose the same risks that outdoor UV light can give to your eyes.
  • If you have a job that demands that you spend long hours in the sun daily, speak with your eye doctor so that he can recommend a suitable protective eye care kit for you as well as plan routine checkups.

Applying these tips above can help you live your life safely and healthily. You might not be able to avoid the sun, but you can avoid damage to your eyes.