Every time a solar eclipse comes around (which is not very often) we warn everyone not to stare directly at the sun during this time without protective eyewear. Have you ever wondered why this is the case? Well, looking directly at the sun (in general) for prolonged periods of time can, in fact, cause serious damage to your eyesight and vision. It could even result in long-term and permanent vision loss. Not to worry though, during your everyday outdoor activities on a sunny summer day, this isn’t likely to happen.
Protecting Your Eyes From Sunlight
When sunlight damages your vision, it’s called solar retinopathy. This happens because starting directly at the sun can damage part of the retina which is responsible for the center of your vision. In layman’s terms, think of it like a sunburn on the retina, which is the layer of tissue in the back of your eye. There are a couple signs to look for if you suspect retinal damage to the eye because of exposure to sunlight.
Decreased vision in the center
The extent of the damage to your vision determines the treatment protocol. It’s best to consult with a board-certified optometrist in Boca Raton, Florida, and receive a full eye exam to see what the available options are. The only way to know if you’ve damaged your retina is to get examined by an eye doctor. If you feel that you’re experiencing any of the common retina damage symptoms and have been looking directly at the sun, we recommend to reach out for help as soon as possible.
The most important step you can take to protect your eyes in the sunlight is to wear sunglasses, especially during the summer months. We recommend to look for sunglasses that protect you from 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB light.
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