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Protecting Your Eyes from UV Rays

UV radiation consists of high-energy photons, which are produced by the sun and present in the sunlight that reaches the Earth. In addition to damaging the skin through sunburn, UV rays can also cause damage to the eyes, including conditions such as photokeratitis, cataracts, and macular degeneration. At Southern Hills Hospital, we understand the challenges of keeping your skin and eyes healthy in sunny Las Vegas—keep reading to learn several simple ways you can protect your eyes from UV rays for greater comfort and improved eye health throughout the year.

Wear Good-Quality Sunglasses

Sunglasses are one of the easiest tools at your disposal to protect your eyes from UV rays. However, the quality of your sunglasses will reflect the level of protection they provide. Look for high-quality sunglasses that block out 99-100% of UVA and UVB radiation. The lenses should be a single, solid color, rather than graduated, and provide accurate color recognition for safety while driving and performing other activities. If possible, choose sunglasses that cover your eyes completely from the front and the sides for protection in all directions.

Wear a Brimmed Hat

Wearing a hat with a brim wide enough to cover your upper face will help you stay cool while reducing the amount of UV light your eyes receive from the sun. Although shading your eyes with a brimmed hat will reduce direct UV exposure, it’s important to note that UV rays can reflect into your eyes from the pavement, water, glass, and other materials or surfaces; thus, you should always combine a brimmed hat with sunglasses for the best coverage and protection.

UV radiation is present all year long, so make sure you follow the tips above regardless of the season or weather for better eye and skin health. You can learn more about sun protection in Las Vegas when you visit Southern Hills Hospital online to check out our H2U online health resource, or by calling (702) 880-2700 for more information about our hospital services, including general, orthopedic, geriatric, and emergency care.