Did you know that no two people have the same color of eyes? They may share the same blue or brown color, but the exact pigment is unique to each individual. It’s because of this that eye color is a major distinguishing factor of one’s identity, but does the color affect your vision? Our resident eye doctor at Nova Vision Center shares their insight:
Sunlight and UV Damage
We all know that wearing sunglasses is important to protect your eyes from the sun and harmful ultraviolet rays. While too much exposure to UV radiation can result in skin damage such as sunburns, wrinkles, and sunspots, it can also have harmful damaging effects on the eyes. UV rays have always been linked to several eye conditions such as temporary vision loss (eye sunburn), photokeratitis, and macular degeneration.
The color of your eye can also affect your sensitivity to the sun. More people should be aware of this, especially since light-colored eyes have less pigment to protect against sunlight and UV rays. This makes them more susceptible to UV damage compared to dark-colored eyes. Any professional optometrist would also understand how light-colored eyes can get irreversibly damaged if they’re not protected properly. That includes not just people with blue eyes but also those with green and hazel eyes as well.
The Right Way to Protect Your Eyes
Whether you have light- or dark-colored eyes, it’s always important to keep them from getting damaged by the sun. We recommend limiting your exposure as often as possible, but if this can’t be avoided, you can still protect yourself from exposure by wearing wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses. Not only does this serve to reduce sensitivity, but it also protects the eyes against the sun’s harmful UV rays.
If you’re planning to have an eye exam or looking for new contact lenses, make your appointment with Nova Vision Center. If you’re in Alexandria, Arlington, or the surrounding VA areas, call us today at (703) 578-3600 or fill out our convenient online form!