Dr. Jeff Pettey explains some of the serious and potentially permanent damages the sun’s rays can cause to your eyes and how you can prevent.">

Apr 13, 2018 — Wearing sunglasses goes beyond comfort, they also prevent UV rays from damaging your eyes. On today's Health Minute, eye expert Dr. Jeff Pettey explains some of the serious and potentially permanent damages the sun’s rays can cause to your eyes and how you can prevent.

Interview

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

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.

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