Baltimore Doctors on Eyes & Sun Damage

Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Baltimore Doctors on Eyes & Sun Damage

Eye doctors from the Baltimore Washington Eye Center reviewed the importance of being cautious about sun damage to your eyes. “This time of year almost everyone looks forward to enjoying the outdoors and sunny weather,” remarked Baltimore Ophthalmologist Brad Spagnolo, M.D. “Unfortunately sometimes people forget or just are unaware of the ways and the extent to which the sun can damage your eyes and the surrounding tissue,” he said. “Too much UV light can affect the surface of the cornea and actually cause an “eye sunburn” or “photokeratitis” which is uncomfortable and may temporarily impact vision. Inside the eye UV light can damage the crystalline lens turning it yellow and actually quicken the formation of cataracts. If too much sunlight reaches the retina, it is even possible to get a “solar retinitis” and increase the risk of macular degeneration both of which can be sight threatening,” he further explained.

“It is also important to note that all of us are susceptible to eye and eyelid cancers and other types of eye damage from the sun. Even though the eyelid is designed to protect the eye itself from the sun, eyelid skin is very thin and fragile and can be easily damaged by the sun. The number and types of eyelid cancers are many and a cause for concern among everyone,” commented Baltimore Washington Eye Center Medical Director Arturo Betancourt, M.D.

The eye doctors at Baltimore Washington Eye Center recommend that we should ALL take simple but effective precautions to protect our eyes and the structures inside and around our eyes:

Wear a Brimmed Hat
Use Sunscreen
Wear Proper UV Protecting Sunglasses

Using some common sense precautions goes a long way to protecting your eye health and vision. If you or someone you know has questions about eyes and sunlight or proper UV and sun protection for eyes, please feel free to call Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, visit Baltimore Washington Eye Center or

Baltimore Washington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area staffed by a team of Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Opticians, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, diagnosis and treatment of cataracts including cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease, care for diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration (AMD) and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma as well as contact lenses, eyeglasses, eyewear and optical services. Baltimore Washington Eye Center is conveniently located for patients from Arbutus, Carney, Clarksville, Columbia, Dundalk, Edgemere, Essex, Ellicott City, Ferndale, Glen Burnie, Kenwood, Laurel, Linthicum, Lutherville, Millersville, Odenton Owings Mills, Reisterstown, Towson, Parkville, Randallstown, Rivera Beach, Pasadena, Severna Park, South Gate and Woodlawn Maryland.