May 09, 2018
Teresa Anthony, a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Emersons Green NHS Treatment Centre, is warning of the dangers caused to eyes and eyelids by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays.
She said: “Conditions caused or aggravated by UV exposure include cataracts (a clouding of the lens in the eye that makes the person’s vision blurred) and age-related macular degeneration that can rob people of their central vision.
“Extended exposure can also cause damage to the eye’s surface and sometimes this can become malignant, leading to surgery and occasionally loss of vision.
“As a nation, we have become significantly better at understanding damage done to our skin by the sun. What people tend to forget is that the skin of the eyelids, particularly in the corner of the eye, is very thin and more susceptible to damage caused by UV rays.
“UV damage to the eyelids can cause rodent ulcers. These are sun-related skin tumours, which burrow locally. Although they do not spread to other parts of the body, they can lead to the loss of an eyelid, which may lead to difficult reconstructive surgery.
“The good news is that the risk to your eyes can be greatly reduced with a few sensible precautions.”
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