When you’re exposed to the sun – at home or abroad – you reach for your hat and sun cream to protect your skin from burning.
But what about your eyes; they burn too.
There are three types of ultraviolet radiation that come from the sun and two of them – UVA and UVB – can damage your eyes. Short term exposure to these types of radiation can lead to photokeratitis which is also known as sunburn of the eye. Although this condition is not permanent it can be uncomfortable and extremely painful.
If you allow your eyes to be exposed to the sun for a number of years you could develop a more serious, permanent eye condition such as macular degeneration. This is an eye problem that affects your central vision and eventually leads to blindness.