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Why Are Blue Eyes More Sensitive To Light?

Why Do Your Eyes Need Sun Protection?

Eyes of all colors need shielding from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. Exposure to UV light can contribute to the formation of short-term and long-term eye conditions such as corneal sunburn and macular degeneration.

That’s why it’s so important to choose high-quality Sunwear with 100% UV blocking lenses and to throw on a sun hat for an added layer of protection.

UV protection is important for individuals of all ages—especially children—who are more susceptible than adults to the sun’s harmful rays and tend to spend more time outdoors. It is estimated that up to 80% of a person’s lifetime exposure to UV rays happens before the age of 18.

Why are Blue Eyes More Sensitive to Light?

Lighter-colored eyes like blue, hazel, and green have less of a pigment called ‘melanin’ than brown eyes do.

Melanin helps protect the retina from UV damage and blue light, putting those with blue eyes at a higher risk of developing UV-related eye damage.

If you have blue eyes, you may have experienced this first-hand. Bright light may be uncomfortable or you may want to reach for your shades as soon as you leave the house on a sunny day.

That’s why optometrists urge blue-eyed patients to be particularly vigilant about UV protection, so as to mitigate their chances of developing eye disease and other complications.

How We Can Help

Whether you have blue eyes or not, sunglasses are an important part of keeping your eyes healthy for a lifetime.

At Dr Robert Gerowitz, Optometrist PC, we’ll be happy to advise on the perfect high-quality and protective pair of sunglasses to suit your needs and personal style.

Dr Robert Gerowitz, Optometrist PC, your Palatine eye doctor for eye exams and eye care

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Should I wear sunglasses even when it’s not sunny outside?

Yes! You should wear your sunglasses whenever outdoors during the day, even on an overcast, winter day. UV light can pass through clouds and reflect off surfaces like car windows and pavement.

What type of sunglasses are the most suitable for blue eyes?

The most protective sunglasses are wraparound sunglasses that protect the eyes from every angle. You can also opt for photochromic lenses, which offer total UV protection but only become tinted when exposed to outdoor sunlight, and turn clear when you come indoors again. Your optometrist can help you choose the best lens and frame options for your needs and lifestyle.

What does Myopia Awareness Week Mean?

What are Myopia Management Based Eye Examsso Important?

Myopia or nearsightedness affects over 42% of the U.S. population. Many people think this condition is just an inconvenience best taken care of by eyeglasses or standard soft contact lenses. But, these short term solutions are just the “tip of the iceberg”.

Left uncontrolled, myopia may lead to glaucoma, macular degeneration and retina rips and tears. Any of these three diseases may cause permanent loss of sight; even with younger patients.

As the eye continues to become more myopic, the risk factors for these problems increases dramatically. A patient who has over -9.00 diopters of nearsightedness has a greater than 50% chance of developing myopia macular disease and a 350 times risk for retina detachment. It is easy to understand why progressive myopia is the leading cause of preventable blindness.

Fortunately, there are three established methods to slow progression: Orthokeratology, Peripheral Defocus Soft Contact Lenses, and Low Dose Atropine eye drops. And, for every 1.00 diopter we control myopia progression we reduce the risk of myopic macula disease by 40% and the subsequent risk for visual impairment by 20%.

This 4th week of May is Myopia Awareness Week. To learn more about Myopia, Children’s vision, and Myopia Management, go to: