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How is UV radiation bad for your eyes?

The cornea is the clear portion of your eye that covers the iris. The iris is the colored portion of your eye. If you spend a lot of time outdoors without eye protection, your cornea is exposed to UV light. This can cause a burn to your cornea called ultraviolet keratitis. Corneal burns can be painful and can cause blurry vision and, if severe, even loss of vision. Since your cornea acts as a protective barrier for your eyes, you should avoid or protect against UV light by wearing sunglasses and other protective eye gear when needed.

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