Wearing sunscreen is a no brainerâ€”weâ€™ve all seen the data on how UV exposure leads to pre-mature skin aging and, even worse, skin cancer, including deadly melanoma. But the UVA and UVB rays of the sun also pose risks to your eyes. Extended exposure can lead to short-term irritation, but also long-term damage.
â€œIn the same way itâ€™s important to protect our skin from UV damage, itâ€™s also important to protect our eyes. Long-term exposure to UV can cause damage to the structures in our eyes,â€ said optometrist Stephen Cohen, OD, of Scottsdale, AZ. â€œItâ€™s especially important to protect our eyes during the highest UV exposure hours (10am-2pm