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Does radiation cause eye damage?

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The sun's ultraviolet, or UV, rays can burn your eyes, just like they can burn your skin. Signs that you've been exposed to too much UV radiation are red eyes, light sensitivity, tearing, and a feeling like something is in your eyes.

In the long run, too much sun and other forms of radiation can make you more likely to get cataracts or macular degeneration, a breakdown of a small area of the retina.

From: Top Causes of Eye Injuries WebMD Medical Reference

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American Academy of Ophthalmology: "Chemical (Alkali and Acid) Injury of the Conjunctiva and Cornea," "First Aid for Eye Scratches," "Recognizing and Treating Eye Injuries."

American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus: "Ocular Injury."

American Optometric Association: "Protecting Your Eyes at Work," "UV Protection."

Harvard Medical School: "Eye-Socket Fracture (Fracture of the Orbit)."

National Eye Institute: "Facts About the Cornea and Corneal Disease."

Prevent Blindness: "Eye Safety at Home," "Eye Safety at Work," "Recommended Sports Eye Protectors."

Seattle Children's Hospital: "Eye -- Foreign Body."

Temple Ophthalmology: "Orbital Fractures."

University of Michigan Health System: "Burns to the Eye."

Yale Environmental Health & Safety: "Chemical Splash to the Eye."

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on August 9, 2018

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American Academy of Ophthalmology: "Chemical (Alkali and Acid) Injury of the Conjunctiva and Cornea," "First Aid for Eye Scratches," "Recognizing and Treating Eye Injuries."

American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus: "Ocular Injury."

American Optometric Association: "Protecting Your Eyes at Work," "UV Protection."

Harvard Medical School: "Eye-Socket Fracture (Fracture of the Orbit)."

National Eye Institute: "Facts About the Cornea and Corneal Disease."

Prevent Blindness: "Eye Safety at Home," "Eye Safety at Work," "Recommended Sports Eye Protectors."

Seattle Children's Hospital: "Eye -- Foreign Body."

Temple Ophthalmology: "Orbital Fractures."

University of Michigan Health System: "Burns to the Eye."

Yale Environmental Health & Safety: "Chemical Splash to the Eye."

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on August 9, 2018

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