Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Skin cancer around the eyes

The most common skin cancer happens around the eyes.  An eye exam and advanced UV lenses can prevent it.Optometrists are always mindful of the possible development of skin cancer in the skin surrounding the eyes.

In fact, the eyelid region is one of the most common sites for nonmelanoma skin cancers. Skin cancers of the eyelid, including basal cell carcinomasquamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma, account for five to 10 percent of all skin cancers.  The best way to prevent this type is skin cancer is to reduce your exposure to UV radiation which comes with sunlight.

The best way to do that is to wear sunglasses and eye glasses with advanced and more effective UV technology built into the lenses.  With traditional lenses, UV radiation is blocked when it hits the front of the lens but you get 50% of your UV exposure from radiation that reflects into your eye from the back of the lens.  New lens technology can prevent the latter and give you vastly superior protection. Ask for lenses that have an ESPF rating.

To learn more about skin cancer around the eyes, read the following studies:

  • Abraham J, Jabaley M, Hoopes JE. Basal cell carcinoma of the medial canthal region. Am J Surg1973; Oct; 126(4):492-5.

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