Summer in Vegas: Protect Your Eyes from UV Rays

Summertime in Las Vegas is not just hot, it’s bright! The sun’s rays are out in full force, and as a Las Vegas eye doctor, I recommend making eye protection a top priority. Good sunglasses do more than make you look cool, they should offer protection from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays and prevent damage to the eye as well as the skin surrounding it.

When choosing sunglasses, the larger ones not only make you look like a movie star, they offer more protection. But size isn’t all that matters. Be sure to look for sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays. If the product label does not offer UV protection information or the glasses do not provide adequate protection, skip them in favor of those that do. Otherwise, you could be in for a host of eye problems.

From a cosmetic standpoint, sun damage can cause premature wrinkling and sagging of the skin around the eyes. Furthermore, a sunburn of the eyelid skin can be very painful and can increase your risk of developing skin cancer. The sun’s UV rays can also cause damage to the cornea, lens, and other parts of the eye, and may contribute to the development of cataracts.

If this warning comes too late and you already have sun damage on or around your eyes, call Westfield Eye Center at 702-362-3937 today to schedule an appointment.

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