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
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.