We all know that protecting our skin from harmful UV rays is extremely important, but what about our eyes? According to the American Optometric Association, only 40% of Americans wear sunglasses to protect their eyes and vision from the sun. The sun can actually cause damage to many parts of the eye, such as the eyelids, the conjunctiva, the cornea, the lens, and the retina. Over time, continuous UV damage can cause the eyes to age prematurely, causing early cataracts, macular degeneration, and even skin cancer.
We’re here to promote all the fun in the sun, but safely! Remember to wear your sunglasses while enjoying time with your family and friends this summer!
Why does this matter to us? Diabetes can cause damage to your eyes that could lead to poor vision or even blindness. Over time, high blood sugar can cause weakened blood vessels throughout the body. These weak vessels can leak blood into the eye, which can cause major problems. This is called diabetic retinopathy.
Other problems, such as cataracts, glaucoma, and retinal detachments can also be caused by diabetes over time. For this reason, we like to see our patients who have diabetes once every year for a comprehensive eye examination. If one of the above problems are found, treatment can be initiated.
Research shows that early initiation of treatment can mean better visual outcomes.
80% of what a child learns is actually presented to them visually. Vision can also be linked to behavioral disorders- because a child has trouble seeing what is being taught to them, they may lose interest and then act out. Let’s make sure your child has healthy eyes and vision, enabling them to reach their full potential!