Monday, April 6, 2009


Protect Your Eyes
From Invisible Threats One of the greatest threats to your eyes is invisible. The scientific evidence is piling up: Long-term exposure to invisible ultraviolet radiation can damage our eyes and lead to vision loss. Everyone — including children — is at risk.
In recognition of May's designation as UV Safety Month, the American Academy of Ophthalmology — the Eye M.D. Association — reminds Americans of the importance of protecting their eyes from the sun's harmful rays by wearing sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats.

Like your skin, your eyes never forget UV exposure. Studies show that exposure to bright sunlight may increase the risk of developing cataracts and age-related macular degeneration, both leading causes of vision loss among older adults. UV exposure, wind and dust can also cause pterygia, benign growths on the eye's surface. The more exposure to bright light, the greater the chance of developing these eye conditions, said Tucson, Ariz. ophthalmologist Dean Brick, M.D., an Academy spokesperson.