Summer is here, and the ultraviolet rays are shining brightly

Many people know about the damage that ultraviolet (UV) rays can have on the skin, from sunburns to skin cancers. Besides, it could also affect your eyesight. There are a number of conditions and diseases aggravated or caused by exposure to it, like Pterygium, Macular Degeneration, Cataracts, Photokeratitis. How can UV rays damage your family? And how to keep your family protected from them? Let’s have a look.

What is UV?

What is Sunburn?

Check out this video to see exactly what sunburn is and how it increases your risk of skin cancer.

Too much UV radiation from the sun or sunbeds can damage the DNA in your skin cells. If enough DNA damage builds up over time, it can cause cells to start growing out of control, which can lead to skin cancer.

 If your skin has gone pink or red in the sun, it’s sunburnt. Sunburn can occur in as little as 20 minutes but can take up to six hours to show up, so it’s easy to be burnt without realizing.

How can UV rays damage my eyes?

Pterygium

This growth begins on the white part of the eyes and may involve the cornea. Eventually, the growth may block vision.

Cataracts

A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, the part of the eye that focuses the light we see. Approximately 10% of all cataract cases are a result of direct exposure to UV rays.

Macular Degeneration

One of the most contributing factors to age-related vision loss and blindness.

Photokeratitis

Corneal sunburn is the result of extreme short-term exposure to UV-B rays

How Can I Protect my Family from UV rays Damage?

Summer is here, kids like to play in the backyard, swim at the outside pool and are unaware of UV & sunburnt protection. Appling sunscreen generously 30 minutes before going outdoors, slipping on sun-protective clothing and getting a hat can protect kids from sunburnt. But, long-sleeved shirts and long pants and skirts which provide protection from UV rays are too hot to wear.

UV rays are strongest and most harmful during midday, so it’s best to plan indoor activities. If this is not possible, making a UV protection outdoor sun shelter or sunroom in your home lanai, patio or backyard would be more efficient.

You would get a valued of sunshade/pool enclosures/sunroom from SUNSHIELD. Your family enjoys yourselves without sunburn concerns.

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