This episode of "Daily Health Pills" explains which sun rays are dangerous for the eyes and how to protect ourselves
The eye has a focusing lens system that brings a certain amount of light to the retina and with it of radiation that is 10 to 100 times higher than that of the skin. This type of effect is especially important for children, whose lens has a lower filtering capacity than adults.
Who risks more
Attention must be paid to elderly people who are subject to the accumulation of possible damage related to exposure to light. In this case, just think of cataracts and maculopathies, that is, real lesions to the retina, can be favored by prolonged exposure to sunlight.
The environment matters. The risks increase with the habit of exposing oneself to the sun, to the reflection of the sun's rays on the sand, which increases its intensity by 15%, on sea water and lakes, on glaciers which make the rays more intense up to 30% .
This is why it is important to use sun lenses but you must choose the filtering power based on the activities you intend to carry out and any specific risks to which you are exposed. This is why it is important to contact the ophthalmologist. For example, those who have had cases of retinal maculopathy in their family or those who work outdoors for such good must pay attention.
Dangerous solar rays
There are three types of sunlight that can be harmful to the eyes: ultraviolet rays, which can be annoying for the cornea and crystalline, blue rays, which can be aggressive for the retina, and infrared rays, which can annoy the eyelids because they produce heat .
Let us remember to protect ourselves according to the advice of the experts and keep in mind that exposure to the sun without eye protection can cause ailments such as redness, burning and the sensation of having a foreign body in the eye.
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