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What are the various eye problems caused by the sun?

Dr. Ellen Marmur, MD
Dermatology

The delicate skin of the eyelids and around the eyes is extremely vulnerable. Basal and squamous cell carcinomas are common on eyelids, and about 2 percent of all skin cancers including melanoma, are in the eye. Sun damage also increases the risk of cataracts, macular degeneration, and retinal injury. On a more superficial front, all that squinting in the sun adds up to crow's feet and furrows between the brows later on. Understandably, many people don't like to wear sunscreen close to their eyes because it stings (although formulations made especially for babies and those with sensitive skin may be worth a try). In lieu of that, it's even more mandatory to wear sunglasses every day since they provide a perfect physical block against UV rays. Big, wrap-around types aren't just stylish; they shield more of your face.

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