When going out on a sunny day, make sure that your eyes are protected from the ultraviolet (UV) rays emitted by the sun. Much like your skin, your eyes could also get sunburned due to overexposure to the sun’s UV rays – a condition called photokeratitis or ultraviolet keratitis.
Here are some tips on how you can avoid and reverse sun damage.
Preventing Sun Damage
Generally, you can avoid sunburned eyes and overexposure to the sun by wearing sunglasses and a hat. It’s also best to avoid staying outdoors between 10 am and 4 pm, if possible.
You should also be aware of your surroundings. For instance, if you’re at a beach, lake or pool, remember that the sun can reflect off of water and sand. If you’re in the city, sunlight can also reflect off of shop windows, buildings and concrete streets. That said, don’t let your guard down wherever you are – always have with you a pair of sunglasses or a hat to protect your eyes from being overexposed to the sun’s UV rays.
Reversing Sun Damage
The symptoms of photokeratitis usually last from 6 to 24 hours. But in some cases, people experience them for as long as 48 hours. Since symptoms typically go away on their own, the best thing to do is to continue wearing sunglasses and a hat regularly. This way, your eyes will have time to heal.
But depending on the severity of sun damage, the effects of sunburned eyes could be permanent or semi-permanent. It’s best to call your doctor or an eye care center to ensure your eyes are OK.
Symptoms of photokeratitis include the following:
- Light sensitivity
- Blurry vision
- Discomfort or redness in the eyes
- Eyelid twitching
- Seeing halos
- Gritty feeling in the eyes
- Short-term loss of vision
If you experience loss of vision that does not improve in a few hours, you should contact a specialist ASAP.
Guilford Eye Center is a trusted eye care expert that provides quality services. We specialize in different eye care services including eye exams, eye disease treatments and more. Call us at (336) 292-4516, or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve customers in High Point, NC, and the surrounding areas.