Effects of the Environment on Eyesight


Over the past few decades, the number of individuals who suffer from eye problems has been on the rise. For instance, a recent study conducted in the European continent has established that the number of people seeking glasses for short-sightedness has doubled. One cause of this boom, scientists estimate, is the rise in use of electronic screens. However, another cause for increase in eye problems is to be blamed on climate change. As the world’s climate became ever more unstable, the resultant complications cannot be ignored. There is definitely a relationship between the increased level of pollution in the past few decades and a rise in eye problems.


Eye complications have recently been on the rise. For instance, the number of patients seeking treatment for irritated eyes has risen significantly. One cause of this is that climate change causes a change in normal temperatures of an area. The result is that pathogens that might not have otherwise been able to survive do. The result is that people end up being infected with illnesses such as pink eye. While pink eye used to limited to certain, it is quite common to observe the illness almost throughout the years, this can in part be explained by the damage that has been caused to the environment. As human beings go deeper into tropical jungles, they awaken dangerous strains of this eye disease, which are becoming ever harder to treat.

It is a well-known fact that UV light has very damaging effects on human health. The primary impact of UV light is that it can cause skin cancer. Additionally, UV light has very damaging effects on human eyesight. Over the years, factories have emitted dangerous gases in the atmosphere that have shredded the ozone layer to bits. The ozone layer is a protective gas that keeps UV lights at bay. Due to environmental pollutants, the effectiveness of the ozone layer has been critically damaged. UV lights can be very damaging on the eyesight. It has been known to cause partial blindness. As a result, people are forced to wear protective sunglasses in order to prevent UV light damage on their eyes.

However, UV light is not the only cause of damage to human eyesight. Environmental pollution is another major cause of eye problems in human populations. Over the past few years, cases of water pollution have gained prominence in the media. However, this type of pollution has been going on for years. When dangerous chemicals are deposited in water sources, they tend to affect normal development of unborn children. One of the most sensitive organs in the human body is the eye. Just a bit of interference during the child’s formation could lead to lifelong eyesight problems. In addition, environmental pollution tends to increase the level of dust particles and other irritants in the atmosphere. This causes constant rubbing of the eyes, which can having detrimental effects on the eyes.


The link between growing eyesight problems and climate change is undeniable. This is yet another reason governments should seriously invest in climate control measure. Failure to do so could lead to a future rife with all sorts of eye problems and many other ailments.