Ask An Eye Doc: Can Your Eyes Get Sunburned?


Jason asks is it possible for my eyes to
be sunburned? Jason the answer is YES! Many people remember to put on SPF for
their skin, but they forget to protect their eyes. Our eyes are exposed to
sunlight just like our skin is and this can cause damage the term is called
photokeratitis. It can cause damage to the front surface of your eyes called
the cornea. It can cause tearing, redness and even
feel like broken glass in your eye! But it can also lead to temporary vision loss
early signs of cataracts and macular degeneration. You can wear sunglasses
that wrap around your face, a hat that covers your head, or carry an umbrella
with you when you’re outdoors. Avoid looking at reflections from the sun,
especially in the summer when you’re outdoors by the pool or a lake or by
the ocean as the water reflects a lot of sunlight. Even on days where it doesn’t
seem as sunny outside and it might be overcast, your eyes are still exposed to
sunlight. That’s why it’s very important to always
protect your eyes whenever you’re outdoors. So Jason the simple answer is
yes, but don’t worry you don’t have to put sunscreen on your eyes! Just remember
these simple and easy precautions and you can enjoy the rest of your
summer! Thanks for all your questions. If you guys have any more eye related
questions, make sure you use the hashtag #AskAnEyeDoc

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