According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), a mere 40 percent of people living in the U.S. wear sunglasses because they want to avoid eye problems from the sun. Not even 30 percent of those people consider UV-blocking abilities when purchasing sunglasses. This is startling, considering that being around the sun without the right eyewear can increase your likelihood of getting age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts, and pterygiums.
It’s necessary to wear protective eyewear during all times of the year–from summer to winter. UV light gets stronger the higher you go up in altitude, which is why it’s as important to wear UV-blocking sunglasses (or sports goggles) when you’re snowboarding as it is when you’re hanging out on the beach with your friends.
Blurry vision after being in the sun is normal, but it could mean that you’ve been outside for too long. Keep reading to see what causes this symptom of sun exposure.
What causes blurry vision after being in the sun?
The most common reason behind blurry vision after being in the sun is sunburned eyes (or photokeratitis). It doesn’t matter if you’ve been outside all day or for an hour, as your eyes can get sunburned fast due to being subjected to too many UV rays. And you don’t need to concentrate on the sun to get this condition, as gazing at the sun’s reflection is enough.
Your eyesight may be fuzzy after spending prolonged time in the sun, and you may be extra vulnerable to light. Sunburned eyes can also experience an increase in tears. Don’t be alarmed, though. Most photokeratitis symptoms disappear once you move from the sunny area to a dark room and give your eyes time to rest.
In severe cases, such as when you’ve been exposed to a solar eclipse without the right eyewear, you may harm your retina, which can lead to long-term damage. This may require treatment by an optical professional.
What can you do if you get blurry vision after spending time in the sun?
If you experience any blurry vision after being in the sun, your eyes will need time to recoup. We recommend stepping away from the sun and spending the next few days in relaxation mode if you can. Try not to overexert your eyes by exposing them to any more light than necessary.
For those with symptoms that don’t vanish in a couple of days, please call your nearest optometrist. For Eyes has optical stores throughout the country, and we’d love to be your solution for eye care.
When you come in for your eye exam, please bring a list of your vision loss symptoms so that our team can perform a proper eye evaluation. Also, you’ll want to carry a copy of your eye insurance card and driver’s license so that we can validate your coverage with your provider and get you the services you need.
Summary: Should you call the eye doctor if you have blurry vision after being outside for too long?
Blurry vision after being in the sun isn’t usually a cause for concern. It’s a common symptom of sunburned eyes, and you won’t often need an eye appointment. Just keep in mind that your symptoms may persist for a couple of days.
Watch your symptoms over this period. If they don’t get better, it might be time to consult an eye doctor. Our team can recommend the best treatment for sun damage to the eyes, depending on the severity of your symptoms.
Remember that your eyes can heal from sun damage. Our suggestion? Spend a little time away from the sun, and wear UV-blocking sunglasses the next time you go outdoors if you didn’t before. You’ll be happy you did.
To schedule an eye examination appointment at your nearest For Eyes, contact us today. We’re here for all your optical needs.