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SUN'S UV RAYS A THREAT TO YOUR EYES, TOO

FRIDAY, May 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- It's not just your skin that needs protection from ultraviolet rays, health experts warn.

UV rays from the sun can cause corneal sunburn[1] (photokeratitis) and UV damage that has been linked to macular degeneration[2], cataracts[3], cancer[4] and pterygium (a growth on the white part of the eye), according to Prevent Blindness, a nonprofit eye health and safety group.

The group has declared May as Ultraviolet (UV) Awareness Month.

While everyone is at risk of sun-related eye problems[5], the threat is highest among people who: spend long hours in the sun; have certain retina disorders; have had cataract surgery[6]; and are on certain medications -- such as tetracycline[7], sulfa

News source: MedicineNet

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