The sun is the engine that powers our entire planet. But there are dangers that too much sunlight can pose, not only to our skin, but to our sensitive eyes, as well. Sun-related eye disease is a serious concern. Your vision center’s optometrist at Dr. Obermark Eye Health Care can provide the quality preventive information, diagnosis, affordable eyewear, and eye care that you deserve.
The eye is the only organ that permits light to enter internally into our bodies. The World Health Organization (WHO) points out that we have a number of evolution-created mechanisms that protect the eyes from too much solar radiation. We have recessed eyes that are shaded by the brow, eyebrows, and eyelashes. We have pupils that close down and a squinting reflex. But our sun is powerful, and these natural defenses can easily be overcome by too much time in the sun. Preventing eye disease is the first objective of our Sikeston and Poplar Bluff optometrist.
Symptoms of UV Damage
When your eyes are exposed to an excessive amount of UV radiation over a relatively short period of time, you may experience photokeratitis. This is essentially the sunburn of your eyes, and it can be painful. Symptoms of UV damage include red eyes, a foreign body sensation or gritty feeling in the eyes, extreme sensitivity to light, and excessive tearing from the eyes’ tear glands. Fortunately, these symptoms are usually temporary and very rarely result in permanent damage to the eyes.
But unfortunately, there are also some possible long-term dangers. Too much unprotected time in the sun can lead to cataracts or macular degeneration later in life. So, the key is protection! Let our optometrist in Sikeston and Poplar Bluff help!
Keeping Protected with Sunglasses
The obvious first choice in protecting the eyes from too much sunlight is the wearing of sunglasses. The best sunglasses offer 100 percent UV protection. The best protection is provided by wrap-around designs. This, coupled with a wide-brimmed hat offers the finest protection other than just getting out of the sunlight soon enough.
Dr. Obermark Eye Health Care is your professional, well-equipped, and family friendly vision center. Operating out of two offices in Poplar Bluff and Sikeston Missouri, we offer a wide selection of high quality sunglasses at an affordable price.
Contact us today to learn more about our vision services!