When the sun's out, UV Rays are also out. It is an important reminder this summer to protect our eyes from UV Ray exposure. Solar Retinopathy is a condition that occurs when the retina is damaged by photochemical toxicity as a result of sun exposure.
Extended periods of sun exposure over time can result in damage to our retinal tissue. Typical harm usually occurs in the fovea, which is the part of the retina that provides our central, detailed vision. Damage from staring at the sun without protection can result in a central scotoma, or a blind spot in the center of the vision.
Can you recover from solar retinopathy?
Spontaneous recovery can sometimes occur within the first 3-6 months following diagnosis. Although your overall visual acuity may improve, you may always have the central scotoma.
How can I protect my eyes?
There are ways to protect your eyes this summer including wearing sunglasses and wide brim hats. Proper sunglasses and wide brim hats can help protect us from UV Ray exposure. Be sure that your sunglasses are rated to block UVA and UVB rays. Ask your regular eye doctor about proper eye protection. Do all that you can to protect your eyes and have a fun and safe summer!
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