Also important is buying sunglasses that block out as much UV radiation as possible. Make sure the sunglasses you buy have a sticker on them that says that they block 99 or 100 percent of both types of Ultraviolet radiation.
Atlanta, Ga (PRWEB) April 26, 2013
Dr. Farooq Ashraf, a Dubai LASIK surgeon and ophthalmologist, was interviewed Wednesday about tips for eye care during the sunny summer months. The interview can be found on the LASIK surgeon’s blog and includes tips for protecting your eyes while enjoying the sunny weather this spring and summer, like wearing sunglasses and purchasing the right sunglasses.
According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), the root of the danger that sunlight can pose to our eyes is in the sun’s harmful Ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Of the three types of UV radiation, UV-A and UV-B are the harmful ones. These types of radiation can have damaging effects on the eyes, one of which is photokeratitis.
“Photokeratitis is like getting a sunburn on your eyes,” Ashraf said in his interview Wednesday. “It basically feels like you have something stuck in your eyes. It can be extremely uncomfortable, but usually does not cause any long-term damage.”
The real harm, according to the AOA, comes in the form of retina damage and an increased likelihood to develop cataracts. To avoid these dangers, Ashraf recommends buying high quality sunglasses that are labeled to block out 99 to 100 percent of UV-A and UV-B radiation. “It’s important to wear sunglasses if you are going to be outside,” he said. “Also important is buying sunglasses that block out as much UV radiation as possible. Make sure the sunglasses you buy have a sticker on them that says that they block 99 or 100 percent of both types of Ultraviolet radiation.”
Dr. Ashraf is the founder of the Atlanta Vision Clinic and a board-certified ophthalmologist who specializes in corneal and refractive surgery, as well as other treatments for astigmatism, glaucoma, cataracts and other eye conditions. He obtained his advanced training in ocular surgery from Johns Hopkins University and has performed over 40,000 LASIK procedures. In addition to the Atlanta Vision Clinic, Dr. Ashraf has also founded the Atlanta Vision Institute in Atlanta, Ga. For more information, visit http://www.dubailasik.com/.