May 22, 2013
Happy Ultra-violet Awareness Month!
Ultra-violet light is dangerous to eyes in case you didn’t know.
Here is a blip from Everhart Eye Associates.
Various skin cancers (basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinomas, melanomas) can occur on the eyelids, on the surface of the eye and even inside of the eye. Risk factors include prolonged sun exposure or in tanning beds, fair-skinned individuals, Caucasians, light-colored eyes, smoking and a family history.
While ocular melanoma is rare, it is the most common eye cancer in adults. Regular dilated eye exams, especially in high risk patients, can provide early diagnosis and treatment. Treatment options include observation, localized radiation therapy and surgery.
Keep your eyes protected and healthy with UV protection, a healthy diet, exercise, no smoking and regular eye exams with your eye physician.
UV protection with sunglasses is recommended in everyone, not only those that work outside, and can be preventive. Sunglasses should be 100% UV-absorbent for UVA and UVB or be labeled UV400. Another useful tip is wearing a brimmed hat, especially when outdoors in the sun for a prolonged period of time. Be extra cautious for children especially in mid-day and when sun is reflected off the water, snow or ice. Some people who have had cataract surgery with the newer intraocular lens implants have UV protection on their implants as well but should still wear sunglasses when outdoors.