Protecting your eyes from the sun

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Along with our skin, we also have to protect our eyes from the sun’s harmful rays.

But just wearing sunglasses isn’t enough. According to a recent poll from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, many people are unaware that certain things can cause you to be more susceptible to UV damage.

This includes: medications, having a light eye color (like blue, green or hazel). Doctors say knowing the facts is important for preventing problems down the road.

Ophthalmologist Dr. Alan Kozarsky says that you can get skin cancers and skin growths on your eyelids just like other areas of skin. And internally, you can get issues that are related to excess amounts of sun and UV light.

Issues likes macular degeneration, central vision loss or cataracts.

Doctors say there are steps you can take right now for protection. They say wear sunglasses that have 100% UV protection. Wear sunglasses even when it’s cloudy. Also, wear a wide-brimmed hat that will protect your entire face.

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