July is UV Safety Awareness month. We all love the beautiful sunny days the summertime brings; however, over exposure to Ultraviolet (UV) radiation produced by the sun can cause damage to your eyes, skin, and immune system. Dr. Michele suggests the following top three tips to minimize sun exposure risk:
- Wear sunglasses
- Limit sun exposure between 10am and 4pm
- Wear sunscreen
UV radiation from the sun can damage all parts of the eye and eye lid leading to diseases of the eye including cataracts and macular degeneration. For optimal eye protection select sunglasses that block 100% of both UVA and UVB rays.
Limit Sun Exposure Between 10am and 4pm
Try to avoid excess exposure to sunlight between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when UV exposure is greatest.
Sunscreens provide protection from UV rays. A sunscreen’s sun protection factor (SPF) is the rating of the effectiveness and helps determine how long the product will protect you before you need to re-apply it. A sunscreen with at least SPF 15 should always be applied, no matter what color your skin is. People with very dark skin can also burn and develop skin cancer.
Choose sunscreen wisely and see a dermatologist if you have an allergic reaction to sunscreen.