CEENTA cataract surgeon Vipul Shah, MD, appeared on WSOC's The Daily Two on May 6th, 2024 to discuss proper eye protection in the spring and summer. Learn more about how UV rays from the sun can cause cataracts and schedule your consultation with Dr. Shah at our Monroe or Blakeney offices today. 

Transcript of the Interview

Laura Palka: The Daily Two is brought to you by Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates.

Welcome to The Daily Two, I'm Laura Palka. We are live at CEENTA's Monroe location today to talk about protecting our eyes from the beautiful sunshine we have here in the South, and joining me today is Dr. Vipul Shah thanks for being here today. So how do our eyes react to the bright sunshine?

Dr. Vipul Shah: So our eyes have built-in mechanisms to try to protect ourselves from the sun. One of them is that our iris, which is the colored part of the eye, will constrict and try to screen out sunlight. We also squint to try to block out that sun, and one thing that people need to remember is that there's a lot of sunlight out there that we may not see. So not just sunny days but cloudy days too. There's a lot of reflected light that gets around off of the surfaces around us and clouds that can cause our eyes to feel the light.

Laura: So if we're not protecting our eyes with a hat or sunglasses are they being damaged?

Dr. Shah: So not in the short term, typically, unless you're staring at the sun for a long periods of time which most people aren't prone to do. But long-term damage, there definitely can be some. So one is that we can get growths that form on the eye just like on your skin from sun exposure. You can get growths on the eye that form. The other big one is cataracts that form.

Laura: And talk about the treatment options for things like cataracts.

Dr. Shah: So cataracts is one of the most common things that people experience with their eyes and one of the most common things we do here at CEENTA. That will make your vision cloudy, and we can do surgery to quickly and easily fix that.

Not only can we make your vision better, but we can also improve the vision beyond what it was prior to surgery by reducing the need for glasses. So cataracts are pretty exciting and a fun thing to take care of here.

Laura: And should folks also always wear sun protection like sunglasses?

Dr. Shah: We always recommend wearing good sunglasses with good UV light protection, even like I said when you're not sure it's going to be that sunny. You're probably getting more light than you think, and sunglasses are helpful.

Laura: Alright, Dr. Shah, thank you so much for all the great information again. We are here at the Monroe office on Roosevelt Road. And if you would like more information about cataract surgery or any other of the procedures offered, call the number on your screen or go to CEENTA.com.


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