Health Watch — Summer Kickoff: Sunglasses

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about things you should think about now that the weather is heating up and people are heading outside. Previously, we talked about protecting your skin from the sun. You also need to protect your eyes.

Dr. V. Vinod Mootha, an ophthalmologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says that excess exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun can increase the risk for some kinds of cataracts, the growth of fleshy tissue over the cornea, and possibly macular degeneration. Adults and children should wear sunglasses that protect from ultraviolet radiation whenever they’re outdoors for prolonged periods. The risk is highest on sunny days, especially around noon, and during low-ozone days.


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