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The eyes are composed of sensitive tissue, making them particularly susceptible to conditions caused by overexposure to UV light. At Dr. Dorothy Park & Associates, we have years of experience providing residents of Columbia, SC with reliable optometry services. This includes diagnosing and treating conditions caused by overexposure to UV rays.

Conditions Caused by UV Rays

The following conditions have been linked to overexposure to UV rays.

Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is an age-related condition that results in damage to the retina. Those with macular degeneration usually experience blurred vision. Extended UV light exposure accelerates this condition, causing increased damage to the eye that may result in permanent vision loss.

Photokeratitis

Photokeratitis, also known as snow blindness, is brought about by high exposure to UVB rays over a short period and can result in temporary vision loss. Individuals are likely to get photokeratitis from long hours of skiing or relaxing on the beach without the proper eye protection.

Cataracts

UV light, specifically UV-B rays, increases your chances of developing cataracts. Cataracts occur when the eye’s lens becomes clouded. If you are overly sensitive to light or have difficulty driving at night, you may be developing cataracts.

Skin Cancer

Skin cancer can also occur in and around your eyelids. Harmful UV light can accelerate the development of skin cancer.

Our Eye Doctor's Guide to Protecting Your Eyes

To protect your eyes from UV light exposure, our eye doctor has compiled the following recommendations.

Wear the Proper Eye Protection

Eye protection is essential in fighting off the above conditions. Proper sunglasses will block out UV-A and UV-B rays while also screening out any visible light.

Wear UV Blocking Contacts

Contacts can also help keep harmful radiation out of your eyes, specifically those created to block UV light.

Contact Our Eye Doctor in Columbia, SC Today

At Dr. Dorothy Park & Associates, we have been providing residents of Columbia, SC with reliable optometry services for many years. For more information on the conditions caused by UV rays or to schedule an appointment with our eye doctor, call us today at (803) 254-6306.

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7:30 am - 7:00 pm

Tuesday

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Monday
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Wednesday
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