07.05.2010

Too much sun "leads to eye disease"

Too much sun "leads to eye disease"

By Alexa Kaczka

Over-exposure to the sun can lead to eye disease, people are being reminded ahead of the summer months.

The Eye Care Council stated that people will be spending more time outdoors in the coming months and although most people are aware of the need to protect their skin from sun exposure, they also need to remember to protect their eyes.

Dr Julie Toon, a Wichita optometrist and president of the Eye Care Council, said overexposure to UV rays is "serious" and can lead to cataracts, macular degeneration, or, in some cases, skin cancer around the eyelids.

"Other disorders that can occur are abnormal growths on the eye"s surface and even sunburn of the eyes. These conditions can cause blurred vision, irritation, redness, tearing, temporary vision loss and, in some instances, blindness," she stated.

Recently, 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.

by Adrian Galbreth


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