Despite what we have been told time and again by medical professionals about the dangers of the sun’s UV radiation, our bodies are designed to absorb a large percentage of this radiation. This radiation is necessary in order for proper cell division to occur. With this cell division mutation can occur which leads to a variety of different types of cancer. What has this to do with the health of your eyes? They also need the sun’s UV rays in order to promote good eye health.
Sunglasses Are Not Good for Your Eyes
Recent studies have shown that the use of both contact lenses and sunglasses are equally responsible for a number of eye diseases. Chief among these is macular degeneration one of the leading causes of eyesight loss. It has been noted that those who wear sunglasses on a regular basis report steadily worsening eyesight. A simple solution to this problem is for everyone to stop wearing sunglasses, which should not be a problem as your eyes will gradually adjust to the bright sun.
More Ways to Improve You Eye Health
While reducing your dependence on sunglasses is one very important way to improve the health of your eyes, there are several other steps you can take to do so. One is to perform a regular regimen of eye exercises including “sunning.” This is a process whereby you face the sun directly with your eyes open and move your head from side to side. Do this in the morning and evening sun as the midday sun is too hot and will burn your eyes.
If you must wear sunglasses do so only at the height of the day to ensure you protect your eyes during the times of the day when the sun’s rays are likely to do the most damage. By keeping the sun’s rays from your eyes you deprive them of the necessary UV radiation needed to help them heal themselves.
Grosinger, Spigelman & Grey Eye Surgeons have been a practice for over 30 years and have extensive experience in the field. Call them today if you feel your vision needs medical attention. They perform cataract, LASIK and other corrective optical procedures to get your vision back to 2020!