We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What are the Dangers of Ultraviolet Exposure?

By Felicia Dye
Updated Mar 03, 2024
Our promise to you
The Health Board is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At The Health Board, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Many people have heard that they should protect themselves from excessive ultraviolet (UV) exposure. Many of them, however, do not know what dangers arise if they do not do this. UV rays can cause damage to the eyes and the skin.

Sunburn, which is characterized by reddened and painful skin, is a common negative effect of ultraviolet exposure. In many cases, this condition is caused when people try to use the sun to change their skin color. Some people also use UV tanning beds for this purpose, and sometimes their skin becomes an undesired shade of orange. Sunburn and over-tanning are often viewed as temporary, but these things can have long-term effects.

Those with lighter skin are more sensitive to UV rays than those with darker skin, and they place themselves at risk when they intentionally expose themselves to excessive UV rays. Albinos, for example, are generally the most sensitive human being. Due to ultraviolet exposure, many develop skin cancer and die at a relatively young age.

Skin cancer is not only a risk for albinos; it can be a risk for anyone, especially those who have light colored skin. There are three types of skin cancer. Two of them, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, are often cured when they are detected early enough. The third type, melanoma, is a malignant form of cancer that is very dangerous. Both squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma can result in death.

Ultraviolet exposure can also burn the eyes. A person does not have to try to stare at the sun for this to happen. Photokeratitis is a condition where the cornea is damaged by ultraviolet exposure and as a result the sufferer usually goes blind. This condition is caused when the cornea absorbs too many UV-B rays too quickly.

Photokeratitis can result when UV-B rays bounce off of a surface, such as sand or snow, and enter the eye. The associated blindness is generally temporary, like other forms of sunburn. It is painful, however, and may lead to problems such as cataracts later in life. Cataracts cause a loss of transparency in the eye’s lens. As a result, things often look blurry.

Pterygium is another eye problem caused by ultraviolet exposure. This condition involves a growth, which is usually wing-shaped, that develops on one side of the eye. It can continue to grow until it affects the cornea. Eventually, a person’s vision can be blocked and surgical removal may be necessary.

The Health Board is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Discussion Comments
The Health Board, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

The Health Board, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.