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I play basketball outdoors and often find myself staring directly

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I play basketball outdoors and often find myself staring directly into the sun when the ball is around the rim. It is very brief but happens often every time I play. I always wear good sunglasses that are polarized and have 100% UV protection. Even though I have good sunglasses on when I play, am I damaging my eyes when I briefly look directly into the sun?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Chan replied 7 years ago.



The most damaging part of the sunlight is the UV. With UVA and UVB protection, you should be OK especially with the briefness. Visible light can cause solar retinopathy also, but we are talking about long duration of direct exposure (like hours). Incidentally, you can get this by gazing into eclipses as well.


But you are fine with what you are doing.


Hope this helps and thank you.

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