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Be Aware of the Dangers of Ultraviolet Rays for Your Eyes

 

Thanks to efforts to increase knowledge of the dangers of Ultraviolet (UV) light to your skin, (including sunburn and skin cancer), most know about the importance of applying UV blocking sunscreen and using other protective measures when spending time in the sun. But how many are aware that ultraviolet rays and other radiation from the sun are also a threat to your eyes?

If you tend to face the sun without proper eye protection, consider this: Prolonged contact with harmful ultraviolet rays has been seen to be a cause of damage to the eye.

UV Eye Damage

Intense UV exposure over a short interval can result in photokeratitis meaning a ''sunburn on the eye'', leading to pain, blurry vision or even temporary vision loss. In the long run, UV exposure can cause more threatening eye diseases such as cataracts, macular degeneration, and others, which can cause vision loss. Individuals that come into frequent contact with welding machines, tanning beds and lasers are also at increased risk of exposure to UV radiation.

How to Choose Protective Sunglasses

To shield your eyes from threatening UV rays, sunglasses should completely block all UV rays. Look for shades that specify they are ''UV 400'', which means that they block both UVA and UVB rays from entering your eyes (400 refers to the wavelength of light in nanometers).

The size of your sunglasses is also important. Sunglasses with side protection can prevent harmful ultraviolet rays from entering from the rear of the sunglasses.

It's not necessary to pay a lot to have sufficient UV coverage, but it's essential to be certain the sunglasses give full UV coverage. More and more manufacturers recognize the importance of offering proper defense from the harmful effects of exposure to sunlight. Further, as well as keeping your eyes safe from the sun's harmful rays, trendy sunglasses are all the rage, so find something you love and have fun in the sun!

SOUTH COAST OPTOMETRY UPDATE – JULY 1, 2020

COVID-19 has been and continues to be an ongoing trial for all of us. During this unforeseen time, we ask kindly for your understanding and compliance to the CDC guidelines. In order to decrease the chances of contraction, we are allowing only one parent to accompany their child during the examination. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

We also want to inform you of the new additional symptoms of COVID-19 that have been added to the previous symptoms as potential indicators of having COVID-19:

New symptoms:             Congestion/runny nose
                                           Nausea
                                           Diarrhea

Previous symptoms:       Headache
                                            Fever/chills
                                            Dry cough
                                            Shortness of breath
                                            Fatigue
                                            Sore throat
                                            Muscle/body aches
                                            New loss of taste or smell

Please be aware that a person does not have to have all of these symptoms but anyone or multiple symptoms can be an indicator of having COVID-19. If you or any family members are experiencing any of the above symptoms, we kindly ask that you reschedule your appointment and contact yourprimary care provider. It is best to reschedule your appointment with us after being symptom-free for14 days.

We at South Coast Optometry truly appreciate each and every one of you as a person and value your trust in us to take care of your most precious eyes. As always, we will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and communicate any and all changes through our website,
www.SouthCoastOptometry.com. Again, we truly appreciate your understanding and support during this unprecedented time and look forward to seeing everyone soon!

Sincerely,

Dr. Daniel E. Quon, O.D., and The Entire South Coast Optometry Team!!!

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Until further notice, we are only seeing essential care patients. Our hours are:
Monday: 10:00 AM to 7:00PM
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Friday: 10:00AM to 6:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

We now offer TeleHealth consultations, Call (714) 540-2020 to schedule a time
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