The Winter Sun Can Pose a Hazard to Your Eyes

Summer’s over, but that doesn’t mean the sunglasses should come off! For many people, eye protection is top of mind during the hot summer months, but not so much during the cold winter ones, where the sun’s UV radiation can be just as dangerous. Too much UV exposure — regardless of season — may increase the risk of developing a wide variety of eye conditions including cataracts, eye lesions and even cancer.

At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Washington, DC – Capitol Hill, we treat all our patients and their eye conditions with the utmost skill and care. We are also committed to patient education, and we offer these tips for protecting your eyes throughout the year:
• Wear goggles during winter sports: Whether you’re an avid skier or snowboarder, one of the dangers of being outside when there is snow on the ground is the amount of UV rays you’re exposed to. It can be as much as double as is present during the summer months. The bright sun reflects off the white surface of the snow, which magnifies the rays and makes them even stronger.
• Wear sunglasses when there’s snow on the ground: Snow blindness occurs when your eyes are overloaded with UV rays, causing temporary loss of vision. Wear sunglasses to protect yourself from snow blindness – if you’re doing such things as walking in the snow, sledding, or just shoveling the driveway.
• Wear sunglasses on sunny and cloudy days: Even on cloudy days, the UV index can be dangerously high. All protective eyewear should have a side shield protection or wrap around the eye so light cannot enter the eye from side reflections
• Get regular eye exams. Eye deterioration from UV damage can easily be spotted during a routine exam. If caught in time, future eye damage can probably be prevented.

Committed to your vision health

At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Washington, DC – Capitol Hill, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate eye care. For more information on our office and the many services we provide, give us a call today.