Protecting your eyes during the summer months

GRAND ISLAND Neb. (KSNB)- Summer months are usually the time we're thinking about protecting our skin from the suns harmful UV rays, but many aren't as concerned with protecting their eyes.

Believe it or not the sun can do just as much damage to your eyes as it does to your skin. Optometrists recommend wearing protective sunglasses whenever you're out in the sun, even when you're in your vehicle.

Dr. Lynda Conner with Family Eyecare Center in Grand Island said everyday she's seeing someone with damage to their eyes.

"We see it everyday. Especially in patients who have lived where the sun is very strong, like around the equator. A lot of the cancerous lesions are found along the eye lid. So we are looking there. On the whites of the eyes you can get these yellow spots which can grow more into the eyes as well. And then we are always screening and looking for cataracts," said Conner.

Dr. Conner said all sun glass that you buy at an eye center will have proper UV protection, but if you're buying them from any other store you'll want to make sure they show a label having 100% UV protection or UV400.

Dr. Conner will also be available to help you with a sun glasses fitting during the Maui Jim Trunk Show coming up on Tuesday June 19th from 1:00-6:00 p.m.