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Re:Vision Urge You to be Sun Smart This Summer

Monday 4 February 2019, 7:51PM
By Beckie Wright
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It’s summer time and being sun-smart means protecting your eyes and skin. 

The sun’s rays are damaging enough to the eye just with normal day to day exposure, which causes problems like pterygia or cataracts.  Deliberately staring at the sun focuses the damaging sunlight right onto the most sensitive and delicate part of your eye, and this can easily cause burns much like a magnifying glass does when focused onto paper.  These burns, called solar retinopathy, that are painless at the time, permanently destroy the fine sharp vision of eye and can never be repaired unlike cataracts and pterygia.

A cataract is the inevitable clouding of the natural lens of the eye resulting in blurred vision. The lens clouds naturally as we age but the process can be accelerated by diabetes, smoking and prolonged exposure to sunlight. Cataracts affect millions of people world-wide annually – and as many dogs and cats - and treating them with the insertion of an intraocular lens (IOL) is the single most commonly performed surgical eye procedure in the world.

The cataract procedure is a painless, quick, proven method of restoring vision and can be carried out by one of Re:Vision’s experienced eye surgeons at their clinic in Auckland.

Often called ‘surfer’s eye’ but commonly affecting anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors, a pterygium (pronounced ‘tur-IJ-gee-um’) is a wholly benign, fleshy tissue growth on the surface of the conjunctiva, the clear tissue that lines your eyelids and covers your eyeball. It typically forms in the corner of the eye closest to your nose and can often extend across the surface of the cornea.

Though they can look a little scary they’re largely harmless, but they can grow across your pupil and cause vision problems

Problems like these occurring is why sunglasses that wrap around the sides and block all UV light are strongly recommend for all outdoor activities. You can schedule your eye exam today, and discuss how best Re:Vision can assist you in restoring your vision, and for more information on laser eye surgery Auckland, lens replacement surgery and eye specialists Auckland please go to https://www.re.vision.nz .