January 10, 2020
Just like our skin is severely damaged due to the excessive exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, so also our eyes suffer from this harmful bombardment, which can cause burns in that sensitive part of our body or trigger, in the future, the sudden appearance of others diseases.
“People who are on the streets can suffer redness and burning eyes because they are exposed to the sun and the reflection of the floor. The same can happen to those who go to the beach. Eye burn can occur, as in the skin”, said Verónica Talavera, Ophthalmologist & Surgeon at Clínica Ricardo Palma.
The first manifestation of eye burn is that it turns red. Then it feels hot. When prolonged, tearing comes, but when it touches the cornea, it hurts. “Patients come to us when the situation is already serious. This can cause injuries to the cornea, which requires expending more money and treatment. It does not cause blindness, but can leave scars that attenuate vision”, he said.
Talavera also said that the radiation is cumulative. “It leaves a mark in our bodies and, in the future, we will have problems, such as the presence of cataracts, damage to the macula and the retina”, he said.
Recommendations: use prescription glasses or sunglasses with 100% UV filter. Also, do not expose yourself too much to the sun between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., and also take care of the eyes during winter.
Dra. Verónica Talavera
Ophthalmologist at Clínica Ricardo Palma