By Susan Resnick: Throughout my career, I’ve seen thousands (maybe even tens of thousands!) of patients in my practice, and one of the most common items that links everyone together is the lack of understanding of the dangers that UV rays pose to the health of our eyes. I advocate for full body protection – broad spectrum sunscreen and UPF clothing for the skin, and comprehensive protection for the eyes.
Last week, Journalist and TV Personality Anderson Cooper shared that he went blind for 36 hours after suffering eye sunburn. Cooper was in Portugal where he spent ample time out on the water reporting for CBS’s “60 Minutes.” Cooper was not wearing sunglasses.
Just like our skin, our eyes are susceptible to damage from the sun. Exposure to intense sunlight for even a short period of time can cause eyes to develop a “sun burn”. Both short and long term exposure to UV rays could create vision problems and eye damage, according to the EPA. By following a few simple steps today you can help avoid eye problems tomorrow.