07.04.2010

Protecting eyesight in summer "prevents long-term damage"

Protecting eyesight in summer "prevents long-term damage"

By Alexa Kaczka

People who take precautions to protect their eyes during the spring and summer months will significantly reduce their chances of suffering from vision problems in later life, according to one expert.

Dr Elizabeth Baze, assistant professor of ophthalmology at BCM and deputy executive of the Eye Care Line at the Michael DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, said that sun damage is a major cause of long-term eye damage.

She pointed out that people who take necessary precautions to safeguard themselves against the effects of the sun in the summer months, such as using sun block around the eyes, wearing hats and enhancing UV protection, will see the benefit.

"Ultraviolet light has certainly been linked to the development of macular degeneration, cataracts and other vision-loss problems. Practicing these measures can ensure for healthy fun in the sun," Dr Baze said.

Her comments follow recent research carried out by Sight Care Group, which showed that many women are putting their eyesight at risk by not wearing glasses, because they fear spectacles will make them unattractive.

by Emily Tait


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