27.04.2010

UV exposure "a major hazard"

UV exposure "a major hazard"

By Alexa Kaczka

Exposure to the sun"s UV rays can be very hazardous to the eyes, particularly in the summer months, contact lens wearers have been warned.

Ophthalmic surgeon Dr Keiki Mehta told the Times of India that UV exposure can cause numerous problems, from cataracts to retinal damage, and warned people who will be spending time outdoors this summer to take extra care.

She added: "Just as we use sunscreen to keep the sun"s UV rays from harming our skin, UV treatment in eyeglass lenses blocks those same rays from damaging our eyes."

The expert pointed out that summer activities such as bicycling and even camping can be dangerous to the eyes due to wood cutting and advised people to be wary of when protective goggles need to be worn.

Similar advice was recently issued by 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, who said that protecting eyesight in summer prevents long-term damage.

by Adrian Galbreth


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