Did You Know Your Eyes Can Sunburn?

Eye Sunburn…What’s That?

Eye Problems: Eye Burn

It’s summertime and that means you’re probably doing more outdoor activities. Whether you like to hit the beach, work in your garden, or relax in your hammock, sunrays are beaming down on you. According to the American Skin Association, exposure to UV rays is greatest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. during the late spring and early summer.

Most likely you’ve heard that UV rays are harmful to your skin, but did you know they can be just as harmful to your eyes? Just like your skin, your eyes can be sunburned from excessive exposure to the sun. It’s called photokeratitis.

Symptoms include:

  • red eyes
  • a foreign body sensation or gritty feeling in the eyes
  • extreme sensitivity to light
  • excessive tearing

The good news is these symptoms are not permanent. So, how do you protect your eyes from the harsh rays of the sun? 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 tips about how to avoid your eyes getting sunburned: 

Eye Care Tip 1: 100% UVA/UVB

When shopping for new sunglasses, check out the sticker on the lens. You’re looking for a sticker that says 100% UVA/UVB or 40 NM. These types of lenses give you full protection against ultraviolet light.

Eye Care Tip 2: Wide Sunglasses

Bigger is better when it comes to shades. You’ll want to look for glasses that wrap around your face. Broader sunglasses will block more of the light that hits you from the side.

Eye Care Tip 3: Benefits Of Polarized Lenses

Polarized lenses can cost more money, but they’re worth it. Because polarized lenses reduce glare, they’re great for when you spend a lot of time on the water.

Eye Care Tip 4: Kids Need Protection

If you have children, don’t forget to protect their eyes, too. Most of the damage done to our eyes is done by the time we’re in our 20s.

Eye Care Tip 5: Weather

Don’t let clouds, rain, or an overcast fool you. It’s a common misconception that you don’t need sunglasses when the weather is gloomy. If it’s daylight, there are always UV rays coming from the sun.

The important thing to remember is always protect your eyes just like your skin. When you put sunscreen on, make it a habit to put your sunglasses on, too.

And, if you’re interested in designer frames to fit your active lifestyle, VSP Direct provides an assortment of them when you enroll in an individual vision plan