The great outdoors are called that for a reason. With tons of fun activities available during the hot summer months for families and people of all ages, it’s so incredibly important to be aware of the risks involved. Hiking, rafting, shopping, and enjoying the beach are all just a few of the things that are best enjoyed on a bright sunny day, but just what are the risks?
Most everyone already knows at least a little bit about the unforgiving dangers of the sun. Mild to severe burns on the skin can quickly turn a day at the beach into a countdown of when you can finally leave and rub oils and lotions all over your tender reddish skin. But did you know that long-term exposure to bright sunlight could have temporary and/or lasting effects on your eyes too? Everyone remembers their own or a friend’s mom telling them not to ever stare into the sun, to which we often ignored her as we worked our hardest to squint through tears at the fiery ball of light in the sky. Someone should have taken the extra step and explained why! With greater risks of cataracts and other growths on the eye, including cancer, it is so important to remember to take the necessary precautions when enjoying a fun in the sun afternoon.
At some point or another, most have experienced the moment when you look up at something else and are caught in a blinding stare down that catches you off guard. Maybe you’re in the car on your way home from somewhere and the entirety of your windshield fills with those warm-bright beams, completely blinding you from seeing the road ahead. These moments can be even more frustrating when you realize that in that moment you could potentially be getting sunburn on your eyeballs. You heard me right, sunburn on your eyeballs that can cause temporary blindness in just a few short hours. Temporary blindness in just a few hours? Where are my sunglasses!
With such serious risks of growths, cancer, cataracts, and temporary blindness, beach-goers and other outdoor and natural enthusiasts are encouraged to always have the necessary protection with them. You would be amazed what just a pair of 100% UV-blocking sunglasses and a good hat can accomplish for you, especially since UV rays can bounce off of other surfaces like sand, metal, and more, meaning no matter where your eyes are fixated they are at risk. With July being UV Safety Month, these tips are important reminder that no one is 100% safe from the sun, but there are things you can do to protect yourself and lessen the risks of permanent or temporary damage caused by these harsh UV rays. Call 1.877.733.2020 or complete an online contact form to schedule an appointment.