How to Protect your Eyes and Eyelids this Summer
- Posted on: May 30 2017
Skin cancer is a hot topic of discussion in the months leading up to increased outdoor activities. When we think about skin cancer, though, and talk about it, rarely do we give thought to the risk of a cancerous lesion developing on the eyelid. According to statistics, the eyelids are involved in approximately 10% of skin cancer diagnoses. That’s not insignificant.
The risks associated with skin cancer of the eyelid are also not insignificant. The delicate skin on the upper and lower eyelids can sustain extensive tissue damage in a short amount of time. Skin cancer in this area may also expand into nearby tissues within the orbital cavity or the nasal cavity. In addition to tissue damage, there is also a risk of blindness associated with any skin cancer of the eyelid.
Prevention just Takes a Little Savvy
Just like you protect the skin on your face, neck, shoulders, chest, and other areas, you can protect the skin around your eyes with practical habits. Obviously, sunscreen use is one of them. Sunscreen need not be high SPF to do its job; research demonstrates a little difference between SPF 100 and SPF 30, so stick with an affordable option. Just be sure that you purchase the sunscreen that is good for your skin type, and that offers broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays.
Next, to sunscreen use, it is sunglasses that facilitate the prevention of skin cancer on the eyelid.
- Reduce eye strain and UV damage by purchase UV protective sunglasses. Aim for 99 to 100% light blocking lenses.
- Lens color matters. Brown lenses will increase color contrast, while Gray lenses reduce brightness. For the best depth perception and contrast, choose yellow lenses.
- Polarized lenses aren’t only for athletes. These lenses will reduce glare from the sun reflecting off of windshields and other surfaces, including water.
- Lens size should extend beyond your eyes, covering a good amount of skin around the eyes, as well.
- Only wear sunglasses that fit properly. Slipping down the bridge of your nose will not do.
- Sunglasses are not only for summertime use or ultra-bright days. They are necessary every day, all year long.
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