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What you need to know to protect your eyes

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STEVENS POINT (WAOW) -- Getting a little bit of sun can be healthy for you body but too much can lead to problems not only with your skin but also with your eyes.

Central Wisconsin is not known for its tropical weather but now during the summer months when the sun is out longer doctors say it's important to protect our eyes.

"We definitely need protection whenever you are outside," said Marshfield Clinic Optometrist Dr. Brad Christopherson.

Even while driving a car without sunglasses, experts say you could be putting yourself at risk for sun damage.

"My eyes are really sensitive to the sun so having a pair of sunglasses is like essential because I can't really see if it's a clear sunny day," said Syd Midgorden of Stevens Point.

Short term risks of not protecting your eyes from the sun could lead to a painful sun burn called Photokeratitis, and long term effects could be cataracts or other diseases.

"We've got to watch out for the UV light: UV A, UV B," said Christopherson.

Dr. Brad Christopherson says you should look for sunglasses that have 100% UV A and B protection.

He says when dealing with protecting children -- grab a hat.

"First and foremost put a hat on them, the sooner you can get them to wear them the earlier we can prevent the damage from sun," said Christopherson.

Once you are in a good habit of remembering eye protection experts say don't stop when the summer months are over.

"It's intense in the winter because you've got the snow," said Christopherson.

Doctors say they see patients year round for sun damage to the eyes.

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