Whether we view them as the windows to the soul or a good backdrop for our eye shadow, our eyes are obviously of incredible importance – for most, they represent the most cherished of all our senses, providing our most immediate and lasting impressions of the world.
Yet without realizing it, we may expose our eyes to danger every day, simply by going outside. Over time, the sun’s rays can seriously damage the eyes and surrounding skin, leading to vision loss and conditions from cataracts and macular degeneration to eye and eyelid cancers. However, following the simple protective strategies below each day can help keep our eyes and the sensitive skin around them healthy throughout our lives:
- Wear sunglasses year-round whenever you are out in the sun. Sunglasses should block 99-100 percent of both UVA and UVB light.
- Wear a hat with at least a 3-inch brim. Hats can block as much as half of all UVB rays from your eyes and eyelids.
- Finally, whenever you are outside, seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM, when sunlight is the most intense.
- If you detect symptoms of any problems with your eyes or eyelids, be sure to see a physician. Ophthalmologists have the greatest knowledge of eye conditions, while dermatologists are experts on the skin.
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