In the summertime, there’s no shortage of sunflowers, so why not take a stroll down a little path to enjoy the cool rays of the sun?
The sun’s light can cause eye irritation and even inflammation, and can lead to skin irritation, including dark circles around the eyes and a flaky, sagging appearance on the face.
In a new study published in the journal Ophthalmology, researchers looked at how the sun changes the way our eyes respond to the glare of the bright sun.
The researchers found that for people who were sensitive to the bright sunlight, the sun caused an increase in the amount of blood flow to the eye and reduced the amount that the eye was able to clear.
That may not sound like a big deal, but if you have a sensitive eye, that could mean you may need to go out more often.
“The increased amount of circulating blood may make it harder for the eye to clear the sunburn,” said lead author Dr. Daniela Mota of the Royal Medical College London.
The study also found that those who were the most sensitive to sunlight had a higher risk of developing sunburn.
“It is thought that the sun is one of the triggers that trigger inflammatory responses and inflammation of the cornea,” she said.
“If you have sensitivities to the sun, then you may be more susceptible to developing corneal inflammation.”
The researchers also found an association between the amount the sun hits the eye’s surface and a higher likelihood of developing cornea inflammation.
“Our results suggest that the effect of the light is not simply a matter of the size of the rays, but also the intensity of the incoming rays,” said Dr. Mota.
The research was supported by the Wellcome Trust.