Despite their small size, up to 10% percent of all skin cancer cases occur on the eyelids. Depending on the severity of a patient’s eyelid cancer, one could suffer tissue damage, blindness, and even death if the condition isn’t treated quickly and effectively. In addition, patients with aggressive eyelid cancer run the risk of having the cancer spread to the nasal and orbital cavities behind the eye. As is the case with other forms of cancer, the best form of cancer treatment is prevention!
At the Eyelid Surgery Center of Excellence in Los Angeles, our doctors excel in providing treatment to various diseases and conditions of the eye, including eyelid cancer. A scary condition, eyelid cancer is relatively simple to prevent, provided that patients follow a few easy steps in their everyday lives. If you would like to know more about eyelid cancer prevention, please call us today at 888.384.0981.
Four Tips for Avoiding Eyelid Cancer
1. Wear sunglasses
Fighting cancer has never been so easy, nor so fashionable! Protecting the eyelids against harmful UV rays is incredibly important when preventing cancer, and few ways are as effective as wearing a pair of sunglasses. Sunglasses are designed to minimize a person’s exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light, the harmful rays from the sun that cause sunburn. Ideally, sunglasses should block 99 to 100 percent of UV radiation, while simultaneously being comfortable to wear and easy to see through.
When wearing sunglasses, it’s critical that the frames do not slip down the bridge of the nose, as this can expose the eyelids to UV rays. An additional benefit to sunglasses is that they reduce eye strain by reducing the need to squint in bright sunlight!
2. Apply sunblock to the eyelids
When getting ready for a day at the beach or for lounging near the pool, most people apply sunblock to their body. Sunblock (also called sunscreen) is a specially designed lotion that protects the skin from harmful ultraviolet rays. But when’s the last time you applied sunblock to your eyelids? Many people tend to forget that skin cancer can develop on the eyelids, leaving this very important part of the body unprotected for hours at a time. Next time you’re going outside, remember to apply a sunblock specially formulated for the eyes.
3. Avoid mid-day sun exposure
From around 10AM to 4PM on any given day, UV levels are at their highest, increasing the chance of skin damage for people outdoors. During these hours, UV levels can be rated 7, 8, or even higher (anything rated 8-10 is considered very high, and anything above 11 is considered extreme)! In some arid countries, such as India, UV levels can hit 15 by midday! Though UV exposure may be less extreme in America, it remains critical to avoid sun exposure during the middle of the day.
A quick and simple way to check how much UV you are being exposed to is to look at your shadow. If it is taller than you, your UV exposure will be lower. If you shadow is shorter than you, however, you are being exposed to high levels of UV radiation.
4. Avoid tanning beds
Tanning beds work by pelting the skin with harmful UV radiation. Often, these devices exceed safe UV limits, greatly increasing the chance for developing not just eyelid cancer, but skin cancer in general.
Contact a Los Angeles Eyelid Surgeon Today!
If you would like to know more about avoiding eyelid cancer, please contact the Eyelid Surgery Center of Excellence in Los Angeles today! Our eyelid surgeons are experts in treating a range of eyelid issues, from cancer, to eyelid paralysis, to ptosis, and more. Contact us today by calling 888.384.0981.
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