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Protect your eyes from the sun
If you're spending a lot of time outdoors these days, you may want to take extra steps to make sure your eyes are guarded from the sun.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology says many people are unaware that certain things can cause them to be more susceptible to ultraviolet ray damage.
- Some medications and if you have light colored eyes.
- Too much UV exposure over a long period of time can cause tumors to develop on the surface of the eye, which can be cancerous.
- In addition it can cause issues like macular degeneration, central vision loss or cataracts.
You can get skin cancers and skin growths on your eyelids just like other areas of skin and internally, you can get issues that are related to, um, excess amounts of sun and UV light.
There are steps you can take to protect your eyes. Wear proper sunglasses. Look for ones labeled, "100 percent UV protection," meaning they protect against "UVA" and "UVB" rays. Wear them even if it's cloudy. Don't use contact lenses as a substitute for protecting the entire eye. And remember, children need protection, too.