Protect Your Eyes on National Sunglasses Day!

The board-certified eye doctors at Chester County Eye Care are celebrating National Sunglasses Day by educating patients on the importance of daily eye protection! Sunglasses are not only a stylish accessory, but they can also be an essential layer of protection in shielding the eyes from harmful UV-A and UV-B rays. Uninhibited exposure to sunlight can cause damage to the eyes, and knowing how UV rays can affect your cornea, lens, and central retina is key to safeguarding the long-term health of your eyes.

The sun emits two types of ultraviolet radiation which can damage your eyes in different ways over time: UV-A and UV-B rays. Prolonged exposure to UV-A rays can impair your macula—the part of the retina located at the back of the eyes. This can damage your central vision and has the potential to cause a number of eye diseases, including macular degeneration and certain types of cataracts. UV-B rays, on the other hand, are absorbed by the cornea and the lens in the front part of the eye, potentially creating problems such as a corneal sunburn (photokeratitis), pterygium, and the clouding of the eye’s natural lens. Both types of UV ray exposure can harm the eyes in the short- and long-term, highlighting the importance of comprehensive eye care to protect your vision and ocular wellness.

Our West Chester, Exton, and West Grove eye doctors treat an array of eye conditions and diseases to restore your eye health and improve your vision. Please contact Chester County Eye Care if you have any questions about our services, or if you would like to book an appointment.

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