The elevated pink areas on the nasal sides of the whites of the eyes are named pterygia. A pterygium is a thickening and redness of the normally transparent membrane that covers the white part of the eye. This type of growth is triggered by exposure to lots of ultraviolet light in sunlight. If the thickened membrane grows onto the clear cornea in front of the iris, it will appear to be a defect in the iris. To avoid these growths while you enjoy the sunshine, always wear ultraviolet-absorbing lenses when you are outdoors during the day. When you purchase clear prescription lenses or sunglass lenses, insist upon at least 98% ultraviolet absorption.
Francis Skilling, MD
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What problems can Mucous Membrane Pemphigoid cause?
Johns Hopkins Medicine answered
The inflammatory lesions on the eye's surface that happen in Mucous Membrane Pemphigoid may result in scarring, loss of tear film, adhesions of the lids next to the eyeball, ulcers of the cornea, and perforation. The frequent scarring that often occurs in this condition can lead to severe vision loss.
Can contact lenses help block ultraviolet (UV) radiation?
HealthyWomen answeredWhile most sunglasses can help block UV rays, many frame styles do not prevent rays from reaching the eyes through the sides, top and bottom of the glasses. Contact lenses that protect against UV rays -- classified into two categories: class 1 and class 2 -- may provide added protection, with class 1 UV-blockers providing the greater measure of UV protection.
Most contact lenses do not offer UV protection. On average, contact lenses without UV-blocking capability allow 90 percent of UVA radiation and 70 percent of UVB radiation to pass through the lenses to your eyes. For more information on contact lenses that offer the highest protection, ask your eye care professional for guidance.
Although UV-blocking contact lenses are beneficial in helping to protect against harmful UV rays, clinical studies have not been done to show they directly reduce the risk of any specific eye disease or condition.
UV-blocking contact lenses should not be viewed as a stand-alone solution. Contact lenses should always be worn in conjunction with high-quality UV-blocking sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat.
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