Dr. Renee Laliberte Says Be Sun-Wise With Your Eyes
Dexter, MI May 12, 2015 – The same sun rays that lead to skin cancer and premature aging of the skin are just as bad for your eyes, according to Dr. Renee Laliberte of Main Street Optometry – Vison Source located in Dexter and Pinckney Michigan. The culprit is ultraviolet (UV) rays and because May is National UV Awareness Month, Dr. Laliberte encourages everyone to be “sun-wise” with their eyes.
“Unprotected exposure to UV radiation can cause photokeratitis, which is basically sunburn of the eyes marked by painful, red eyes and sensitivity to light,” Dr. Laliberte said. “The symptoms usually clear up quickly and cause no permanent damage to the eyes; however, growing evidence suggests that long-term exposure to UV rays can lead to macular degeneration and cataracts, serious eye conditions that can cause vision impairment or loss.”
Dr. Laliberte suggests the following to protect the eyes from serious damage:
- If at all possible, limit your time in the sun
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat
- Wear sunglasses that filter 99% of UV rays
“Don’t forget about children,” Dr. Laliberte said. “Children are especially susceptible to eye damage from the sun. The lenses in their eyes do not block as much UV radiation as in adults. Follow the same precautions as you would for an adult, but be sure to choose sunglasses that fit their smaller faces, have impact-resistant lenses, and have lenses large enough to shield the entire eye.”
Dr. Laliberte is the owner and practitioner of Main Street Optometry located at 8089 Main Street in Dexter Michigan and 1245 E Main Street in Pinckney Michigan and is a member of Vision Source.