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Posted on 05-29-2018

Proper Sun Protection

Are you wearing the proper sun protection for your eyes?
Written by HOLLIE REINA, St. George News

As summer approaches in Southern Utah, most people understand the importance of using sunblock to protect their skin from the damaging UV rays of the sun. But some may not know it is equally important to use proper eye protection to prevent ultraviolet radiation from damaging their eyes.

The anatomy of the eye is such that UV exposure can damage the retina, said Dr. Ryan Robison, an optometrist at SouthWest Vision.

One contributing factor in why people develop macular degeneration – the deterioration of the macula, which is the small central area of the retina of the eye that controls visual acuity – is because of exposure to ultraviolet radiation, Robison said.

A lifetime accumulation of UV ray exposure can also be a contributing factor to the development of cataracts, he said.

If a person is outside and not wearing sunglasses, glasses or contact lenses with UV protection, their eyes are at risk for... click here to read the rest of the article