Radiation Nation: The Health Repercussions of Exposure to UV Rays

window filmUltraviolet rays, more commonly known as UV rays, are an integral component of several biological and chemical processes in the environment. For one, the radiation plays an important role in the skin’s production of Vitamin D, which is among the important vitamins essential for strengthening the immune system. It’s also used in sterilising medical equipment. Animals with developed eyesight can see UV rays and use them to their advantage. Reindeer, for instance, utilize UV rays to look for lichens.

Despite its wonders, overexposure to this type of radiation has many repercussions. Some of them can be serious. Realising certain hazards, many have found different ways to ward off the rays or minimise their effects; they’ve formulated special lotions and redesigned solar film windows. To understand why you need to invest in these things, refer to the list of the UV rays’ consequences below.

Eye Diseases

Regardless of the length of your exposure to UV light, your eyes will suffer from different diseases. The radiation may damage the retina and increase your chances of developing macular degeneration. It may also affect your eye’s natural lens and increase your odds of having cataracts, which may lead to blindness.

Skin Disorders

UV rays may cause your skin to age prematurely. Sunburns may seem like a typical problem, but they may pave the way to skin cancer, as UV rays can alter the DNA structure of your skin. Developing melanoma is the worst-case scenario. Other than those who go sunbathing, people who frequent tanning salons are at risk of developing these skin diseases.

Impaired Immune System

As UV rays hit the skin first, your body’s natural defences in this organ are impaired. When this happens, your body becomes more vulnerable to bacteria, viruses and other organisms. This may lead to infections, cancers and other forms of diseases.

Exposure to UV rays, whether the source is natural or not, can take a heavy toll on your health. Protect yourself by putting on sunscreen when going out. Rest under the shades during peak hours of heat. At home, coat your windows with anti-UV film or change the tints of your cars.

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