Sunglasses not only look good, but they protect you from this condition too.

Sunglasses not only look good, but they protect you from this condition too.

Sunglasses while driving, on the beach, at your childs baseball game. Sunglasses not only look good but also protect your eyes. Some of the worst days for ultra violet radiation are those that are overcast.

Not unlike your skin, your eyes can become sunburned too. A recent NY Times article discusses the concern of sunburned eyes that can affect your eyesight. The takeaway from this is to wear good quality UV protective sunglasses, even if the day is overcast to protect your vision.

Really? On a Cloudy Day, Your Eyes Can Be Sunburned

THE FACTSTake it from Anderson Cooper: Always wear shades.

Last week, Mr. Cooper, a CNN anchor, described an unusual experience that left him temporarily blind. On an overcast day, Mr. Cooper, sans sunglasses, was filming a news segment on the water off the coast of Portugal. That night, he woke up feeling “like my eyes are on fire.”

“I douse my eyes with water,” he said. “It turns out I have sunburned my eyeballs, and I go blind. I went blind for about 36 hours.”

What Mr. Cooper experienced, ophthalmologists say, was probably photokeratitis, also known as ultraviolet keratitis. It is essentially sunburnof the surface epithelium of the cornea, said Dr. Anne Sumers of Ridgewood Ophthalmology in New Jersey.

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