The eyes have it

Good Health Choices - - Health bites -

With sum­mer (or at least more sun) on the hori­zon, it’s time to start think­ing about pro­tec­tion from sun dam­age – in­clud­ing for your eyes. The dark spots on the iris, or eye freck­les, are more fre­quently found in peo­ple with a higher life­time ex­po­sure to sun­light, and while not ma­lig­nant, they can in­di­cate the risk of sun­light-trig­gered eye diseases like cataracts or mac­u­lar de­gen­er­a­tion. A study, pub­lished in In­ves­tiga­tive Oph­thal­mol­ogy & Vis­ual Science, ex­am­ined the eyes of more than 600 swim­mers in Aus­tralia, and found that the de­vel­op­ment of the freck­les cor­re­lated with in­creas­ing age, the num­ber of sun­burns over the life­time and a his­tory of se­vere sun­burns re­sult­ing in blis­ters. Good ex­cuse to buy some new sun­nies…

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