Jan 15, 2021


Interviewer: It's well-known that the sun can damage our skin, but it can also have lasting negative effects on our eyes as well. Ophthalmologist Dr. Jeff Pettey, what are some of those concerns?

Dr. Pettey: Yeah, the same way that the sun damages the skin, it can also damage the eye. Things like skin cancer can occur in the eye. Also, the eye can have things such as cataracts and scarring on the surface of the eye from sun damage.

Interviewer: So how can we protect our eyes from UV damage? I assume sunglasses, probably, play a big role?

Dr. Pettey: Yeah, the best protection is sunglasses, sunglasses with 100% UVA and UVB protection. Large sunglasses to provide more protection. And interestingly enough, you don't have to spend $500 to get that protection. A $5 pair will protect your eyes just as well as a $500 pair.

updated: January 14, 2021
originally published: May 24, 2019

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