As if the harm to your skin wasn’t enough, you also need to worry about how UV rays from the sun can influence the health of your eyes. Doctors warn the too much UV exposure could lead to a host of eye conditions, including cancer. As the rays take their toll on the delicate cells of the eyes, long-term exposure can affect your eyesight by causing cataracts, macular degeneration and cloudy vision. The risk is greatest in individuals with fair skin and lighter eye colors.
In addition to the medical concerns over UV exposure, too much sun can impact your appearance as well. Frequent time in the sun without proper protection over your eyes means you likely spend excessive time squinting against the bright light. Frequent squinting of the eyes can result in the formation of dynamic wrinkles, lines that develop with a persistent facial expression. The consequences of constant squinting may be superficial lines fanning out from the outer corners of your eyes, known as crow’s feet. It can also cause deep vertical creases to develop between your eyebrows, known as frown lines.
The UV Danger
The sun emits different UV rays that can be dangerous to both your skin and your eyes. UVB rays tend to be the more threatening of the two since these are the culprits in burning the skin and increasing your risk for cancer. UVB rays can also burn the cornea, leading to a condition known as photokeratitis. UVB rays increase your risk for other eye diseases and conditions as well.
UVA rays do not tend to be as powerful, but they can still do some damage. These wavelengths can pass through the cornea and cause damage to the retina. Exposure over time can also lead to an increased risk of some types of cataracts and macular degeneration.
Protecting Your Peepers
The easiest way to shield your eyes from sun exposure is to wear sunglasses whenever you are outdoors. However, the right type of glasses will make all the difference in the degree of protection you receive. Some of the features to look for in a pair of sunglasses include:
- Glasses that say they block at least 99 percent of UV rays
- Large lenses that completely cover your eyes (wraparound styles are even better)
- Darker lenses are the best choice for people that are more sensitive to light
- Gray lenses if you are looking for the least amount of color distortion
Once you have the proper sunglasses, it is vital to wear them all the time, even when it is not completely sunny outdoors. Even when there are clouds in the sky, UV rays can penetrate and do some damage without you even knowing they are there.
2Say Goodbye to Dynamic Wrinkles
If your lenses are large enough, they will effectively protect the delicate skin around your eyes as well. In addition to lowering your risk of skin cancer, the added protection can ward off the early signs of aging like dynamic wrinkles. If you haven’t been keeping your eyes under wraps as carefully as you should and those fine lines are starting to appear, there are treatment options available to reduce them and restore a younger look. Dr. Lensink has a non-surgical solution to keep those aging symptoms at bay for many months at a time.
Facts about Botox
Botox is a neuromodulator, which means instead of directly treating the wrinkles on the face, it addresses the facial muscles that lead to their formation. The prescription medication contains very small amounts of the botulinum toxin, which relax those muscles to smooth away the wrinkles. Botox has been around for decades, used as both a medical and cosmetic treatment, so it has a strong track record of safety and success.
Fast Procedure, Fast Results
Dr. Lensink can perform a Botox treatment within a few minutes in his office, usually without any topical anesthetic needed. He will carefully place a series of injections at strategic locations around the muscles to create the desired effect without compromising your ability to make natural facial expressions. You will be able to resume your daily routine immediately following your procedure.
While you may see some preliminary results from your Botox injections right away, the medication will continue to work in the following days. Most of our patients see full results within about three days, which will last for three to four months. At that time, you will need to schedule another treatment to maintain your youthful appearance. It is possible that after a few Botox treatments, you will be able to go a bit longer between treatment sessions without compromising your results.
Protecting your eyes and the delicate skin around them is an important step to take in the summer and all year long. If this season has left you with some residual damage, we can help you reverse the changes and restore your youthful radiance. To find out more about our treatment options, contact Dr. Lensink’s office today at 530-229-7700.