Can your eyes heal from sun damage?

by | Nov 16, 2022 | Blog

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Why wear sunglasses when you go outdoors? It is not simply a matter of style. Sunglasses are there for UV protection. The glare and heat of the sun can both have a terrible effect on your eyes – it is even possible to experience sunburn on your eyes, a condition known as photokeratitis. If you spend long periods in the sun, you may well wonder if your eyes sustain any serious and long-lasting damage. It is wise to understand the risks you face by exposing your eyes to sunlight, as well as the steps you can take to help them recover and protect them against further damage.

Can your eyes heal from sun damage?

Thankfully, your eyes can easily heal from sun damage in the case of mild photokeratitis, provided you stay out of the sun for a while. You may notice symptoms such as bloodshot eyes, vulnerability to bright lights, watery eyes, or a feeling of dryness or sandiness in your eyes. These are common signs of photokeratitis and should pass within a day or two. As long as you get out of the sun right away and take precautions the next time you go outside, you should not suffer any long-term ill effects. If you continue to expose your eyes to UV rays on a regular basis, however, you increase your chances of suffering from conditions such as age-related macular degeneration or cataracts later in life.

Can sun glare damage your eyes?

Any form of UV light can affect your eyes. The glare from the sun or from its reflection of ice, snow or water surfaces, can lead to photokeratitis. If you work or play regularly in the sunlight, it is best to invest in UV-blocking glasses or sports goggles. Look for glasses that protect you against 99% of UV rays. Make sure that your glasses cover the sides of your eyes, as well as the front.

At 3for1 glasses in Hamilton, you can get regular glasses and sunglasses and whatever else your eyes need.

When you buy one pair of glasses, you will get two more at no extra cost. That’s right: you pay for only one pair of glasses and get three, so you can get a brand new pair of glasses to suit your prescription, as well as a pair of high-quality sunglasses to protect your eyes against sun damage, and perhaps a pair of swimming goggles or golf glasses – whatever you require!

Contact us for more information or to book an eye exam. Alternatively, visit our store in Hamilton, ON.

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