PLEASANT HILL, Calif., April 24, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As summer weather kicks into gear, Pleasant Hill optometrist Looking Glass Optometry would like to remind clients that the sun can be particularly harsh and damaging to the eyes in summer. While California tends to be sunny year-round, summer conditions bring more intense sunlight and UV rays.
Prolonged exposure to bright sunlight can cause a number of vision risks and conditions. Looking Glass Optometry would like to inform residents about a range of solutions to help protect eyes from sunny California conditions. In addition to Pleasant Hill, Looking Glass Optometry serves clients in Walnut Creek, Lafayette and adjacent areas of the East Bay.
The sun provides us with vitamin D, which is required to support health and well-being. However, too much UV exposure from sunlight increases the risk of many types of eye disease. Cataracts, eye growths, and even eye cancer are all possibilities. Sunlight reflecting intensely off glass or metal surfaces can cause severe damage to eyes.
Eye growths, also called pterygium, are often found in the eyes of surfers, fishermen, farmers, or anyone who spends long hours in the sun without adequate protection from UV rays. While eye conditions like pterygium, cataracts and cancer can take some time to manifest, each time sun exposure is experienced without protection, more damage is done. The effects of the sun can have a cumulative effect over time and increase the risk of major eye and vision disorders.
One of the best ways to protect eyes from the damaging effects of the sun includes wearing sunglasses that offer UV protection. Other precautions might include wearing a hat with a brim while out in intense sunlight. However, one should never look directly into the sun even while wearing eye protection. Doing so can lead to solar retinopathy, or damage to the retina as a result of exposure to solar radiation.
California residents should also be aware that just because it is cloudy, that doesn’t mean there is automatic protection. Sunlight can easily pass through thin to medium clouds and cause damage.
Dr. Eileen Cheng explains, “The best defense against harsh summer UV rays is eyewear that offers UV protection. At Looking Glass Optometry, we offer a range of options to ensure our clients’ vision stays protected, even as they are making the most of summer.”
Dr. Dong adds, “Children and senior citizens should also be reminded about the risks of sun exposure, and be given assistance to ensure they’re protecting themselves accordingly.”
Looking Glass Optometry is located in Suite #110 at 401 Gregory Lane in Pleasant Hill, California. Those who would like to learn more about the clinic and services offered may do so by visiting their website at http://lookingglassoptometry.com/. Those who wish to book an appointment may do so by calling (925) 687-7638.
Looking Glass Optometry, (925) 687-7638
Source: Looking Glass Optometry