It’s summertime! You’re probably doing more outdoor activities and enjoying the warm weather. One thing to remember is when you’re at the beach, working in your garden, or relaxing in your hammock, sunrays are beaming down on you. And if you’re out from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the American Skin Association says exposure to UV rays is greatest during that time .
Did you know UV rays can be just as harmful to your eyes as they are to your skin? Just like your skin, your eyes can be sunburned from excessive exposure to the sun. It’s called photokeratitis. Photokeratitis is like having a sunburned eye.
Symptoms of photokeratitis can include:
- red eyes
- a foreign body sensation or gritty feeling in the eyes
- extreme sensitivity to light
- excessive tearing
- seeing halos
- small pupils
- eyelid twitching
- rarely, temporary vision loss
The longer your eyes are exposed to UV rays, the more severe photokeratitis symptoms may be. The good news is these symptoms aren’t permanent.
Easy! Grab yourself a pair of stylish sunglasses or prescription glasses with light-to-dark lens tinting. If you don’t have vision insurance, don’t worry, you can enroll in a vision plan and get frames with light-to-dark lens tinting by visiting your eye doctor. Here are five eye care tips about how to avoid your eyes getting sunburned:
Protect your eyes just like you protect your skin. When you put sunscreen on, make it a habit to put your sunglasses on, too. For those who regularly wear glasses, you may also want to think about using your VSP Individual Vision Plan to buy prescription sunglasses.
Healthy vision association discounts
Some plans can only be accessed through membership in the Healthy Vision Association (HVA), which helps its members see well and stay healthy.
For $1.50/mo, your membership will give you access to exclusive discount programs* on everyday goods and services including:
Plus, your membership supports vision-related charities too.
*All rebates and special offers are subject to change