Summer Is Here and So Is the Potential for Sun Damage to Your Retinas

 

Sun and your retinasSummer is finally here, after what turned out to be a grueling winter for many parts of the country.  With warmer temperatures comes outdoor adventure and activities.  As the sun increases intensity, the potential grows for damage to your eyes and your retinas.  It only takes a short amount of time looking at the sun to damage the retinas.  Even laser pointers or store laser scanners can cause retinal damage if looked at too long.  

Retina damage is a common problem of the eye.  The most common causes of retina damage are advanced age, over exposure to light or the sun, or some type of trauma. Vitamin deficiency may also cause retina damage, a problem that is believed can be prevented with adequate doses of Vitamin A and E.

In the Spring and Summer, the most likely cause of retina damage is over exposure to sunlight.  It’s easy to understand how it can happen, with many people wanting to spend time outdoors.  Sunglasses are a must during this time of the year. Make sure your sunglasses provide UVA/UVB protection.  Retina damage can happen to children as well, so always make sure your kids wear sunglasses too. 

If you or your family are participating in vigorous activities, goggles will help protect your eyes.  Find a good quality pair and keep them with your gear at all times.  Goggles have saved many eyeballs from injuries and could someday save yours.

Retina burn can be painful, especially when it first happens.  The doctors at Associated Retina Consultants in Phoenix, Arizona, diagnose and treat retina damage and disease on a daily basis.  You’ll find them to be friendly, helpful and highly capable.  If you’re concerned about your retinas, give them a call today at 602-242-4928.

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