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UV Safety Awareness Month

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July is UV Safety Awareness Month, and no wonder! With the summer sun out in full force, it’s now more important than ever to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.

During this month, people who have suffered from UV ray damage and their loved ones are encouraged to share their experiences and advice. Use the hashtag #UVSafetyAwareness on your social media channels to support others in your community.

Did You Know?

Your eyes can get sunburned. It isn’t only your skin that’s at risk, but your eyes, too. When your cornea is exposed to too much UV radiation, a condition known as keratitis can occur. Keratitis can actually cause a temporary loss of vision, often after using a tanning bed or being out in the sun too long. UV radiation can also cause small growths on the white part of your eye, which are called pterygium and pinguecula. They can make your eyes feel dry, irritated, and scratchy.

If you experience any of these symptoms, TSO Cedar Park can help.

UV ray exposure is a risk factor for eye conditions and diseases. In 20% of cataract cases, cataract growth has been linked to UV ray damage. Cataracts develop when the normally clear lens of the eye becomes cloudy. UVA rays are a known risk factor for macular degeneration – the leading cause of blindness in people over the age of 65. Macular degeneration occurs when the macula of the eye, which is responsible for clear central vision becomes damaged. It’s critical to be aware of UV ray exposure, especially if you or a family member are in this age group.

What Exactly Are UV Rays?

You may have heard about UV rays without knowing what they actually mean. UV stands for ultraviolet light. That’s a potentially harmful type of radiation, which is typically found in fluorescent lights, tanning booths. But its main source is from the sun, and it’s invisible to the naked eye, so you don’t even feel it as it touches your skin or body.

Why Are UV Rays Dangerous?

So why are they considered dangerous? Well, too much of a good thing isn’t really a good thing. Sunlight helps us make vitamin D, which is healthy. Too much sun exposure, though, can cause premature aging in the skin, burns in the eye, and may even change the shape of your cornea and other serious eye damage, leading to vision problems. It’s even more dangerous for younger people, especially children, because children’s lenses are more transparent and transmit UV rays more easily.

If you or a loved one is experiencing vision problems or eye diseases, we can help. Dr. Jeffrey Yonker sees patients from all over the Cedar Park, Texas area, and can treat your condition with a number of advanced solutions. Regular eye exams and checkups are critical for keeping your vision healthy, especially during the summer.

UV Safety Can Go a Long Way

Thankfully, it’s pretty easy to protect yourself from long-term exposure to UV rays. Check out our top 3 UV safety tips:

  1. Put on Those Shades

Snag a pair of sunglasses with 100% UVA and UVB blocking power. Anything less than that won’t protect your eyes from harmful rays. Concerned about your look? Don’t worry, There are plenty of awesome sunglass designs, so you’ll protect your eyes without compromising on incredible style. Ask the optometrist which lens is best for you.

  1. Sunscreen and More Sunscreen

Mothers and doctors say it all the time, and with good reason! Use sunscreen before going outdoors and make sure it has a good SPF (Sun Protection Factor) number. If you’re in the water, reapply it every 2 hours. UV rays can reflect off of water, so if you’re hitting the pool or beach, take extra precautions.

  1. I Tip My Hat to You

Protect your head and the skin on your scalp with a hat. A wide-brimmed hat is best for a good amount of sun-blocking coverage, since it also protects the tops of your eyes which might not be shaded by your sunglasses, and is too sensitive for sunscreen. For the fashion-conscious, there are endless styles to choose from, so go shopping!

During this UV Safety Awareness Month, we encourage you to share your stories and successes. If you have any questions, Dr. Jeffrey Yonker is here to help.

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Cedar Park, TX 78613

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401 W Whitestone Boulevard, Bldg B200
Cedar Park, TX 78613
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Our Reviews

I can't say enough about TSO in Cedar Park....they are all amazing, friendly and professional. I will never go anywhere else. ❤
1 day ago
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- Virginia G.
eye doctor's office
Dr York is very knowledgeable about your eyes. I appreciate the way he discusses his eyes during the discussing my eyes. He knows history and the latest about how the eyes functions and parts. I don’t feel rushed once in Dr York’s exam room. He takes time to explain photos, using the optometry equipment, and also additional lenses to check your vision. Thanks to you Dr York.
3 days ago
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- Sandra C.
eye doctor's office
ALL THE STAFF MEMBERS AT TSO ARE FRIENDLY, KNOWLEDGEABLE, COURTEOUS, AND PROVIDE ALL THEIR CUSTOMERS WITH THE PROFESSIONAL ATTENTION AND CARE WE AS CUSTOMERS/ CLIENTS EXPECT AND DESERVE. THEY WILL WORK DILIGENTLY TO MAKE CERTAIN YOU ARE COMPLETELY SATISFIED, AND TO MAKE THE EXPERIENCE A MEMORABLE ONE. I HAVE NEVER DEALT WITH A MORE PLEASANT GROUP THAN TSO STAFF MEMBERS. I HIGHLY APPRECIATE DR. YONKERS PERSONAL INVOLVEMENT IN RESOLVING ISSUES, AND TAKING THE TIME TO PROVIDE THE BEST POSSIBLE CARE OF HIS CLIENTS/PATIENTS. AUTUMN IS A PROFESSIONAL, CHARISMATIC , EXTREMELY UNDERSTANDING INDIVIDUAL THAT WILL WORK WITH YOU TO PROVIDE THE BEST POSSIBLE CARE AND ATTENTION TO DETAILS. THE FRONT DESK STAFF WILL ALWAYS GREET YOU WITH A SMILE AND COURTESY. I BELIEVE TSO HAS SURPASSED MY EXPECTATIONS, AND HAS BEEN MY BEST OPTOMETRIST EXPERIENCE .
4 weeks ago
5
- John R.
eye doctor's office
Dr. Yonkers is awesome. Very good conversation, and very educated.
1 month ago
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- Cole D.
eye doctor's office
Great experience. I brought both my kids and they were very happy with the doctor and the results.
1 month ago
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- Chris M.
eye doctor's office
Everyone there is friendly. They are very helpful with finding the right glasses.
1 month ago
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- Kara H.
eye doctor's office
The optometrist was very knowledgeable and the staff was friendly and helpful. They had a huge selection to choose.
1 month ago
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- Cheryl F.
eye doctor's office