We all know that too much exposure to the sun’s rays can be bad for our skin. It can increase the risk of sunburn and even forms of skin cancer like melanoma if we don’t use the right protection. But did you know that melanoma can also develop in the eyes?
Although it is somewhat rare, ocular melanoma can occur. It is described by CNN Health as a form of melanoma that usually “forms in the part of the eye you can’t see when looking in a mirror.” It develops in cells that create melanin and because of the location of the eye in which it develops, ocular melanoma is often difficult to detect.
Due to the rarity of ocular melanoma, the exact cause has yet to be identified. Doctors have, however, noted that UV exposure can increase one’s risk for developing this cancer. Other risk factors include light eye color, increasing age, and certain skin disorders like abnormal skin pigmentation near the eyes.
The best suggested way to reduce you and your family’s risk of ocular melanoma is UV protection. CNN Health advises following the Mayo Clinic’s guidelines for selecting sunglasses. When shopping for sunglasses for each member of your family, it’s important to look for sunglasses that provide protection from both UVA and UVB rays. They should also offer uniform tinting, dark lenses, and frames that protect peripheral vision.
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