6 Steps To Protect Your Eyes This Summer
Whether you’re soon going to be soaking up the sun on a beach abroad or you’re making the most of the weather here at home, it’s important to take the time to look after your eyes this summer.
We are very aware of the importance of using sun cream to protect our skin, but it’s also very important to take the necessary steps to care for our eyes too.
Whilst we enjoy the summery weather, it’s important to be aware of the risks of excessive sun exposure and the potential for significant eye damage that can even cause blindness.
There are just a few simple ways that we can ensure we are taking care of our eyes:
- Purchase sunglasses that offer full protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Make sure they pass the UV400 test to ensure that the glasses you are purchasing offer this protection.
- Make sure that any glasses you purchase have the CE mark, which confirms that they are manufactured to meet European standards.
- Try your best to keep out of the sun during peak times between 11am and 3pm as this is when UV rays are most harmful.
- Children are more vulnerable to UV exposure, so ensure that their eyes are protected with sunglasses.
- Be aware that contact lenses with a UV filter do not offer full protection from the sun.
- Wear sunglasses even on a cloudy or overcast day, as clouds only reduce the amount of UV by around 10%.
Consultant oculoplastic surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital, Mr Raja Das-Bhaumik, highlighted the importance of protecting your eyes from the sun:
“It’s extremely important to protect your eyes in the sun to reduce the risk of developing cataracts and a common type of skin cancer called basal cell carcinoma. You should buy sunglasses from a reputable retailer and check that they carry the CE mark to ensure that they will protect your eyes from harmful UV rays”.
So if you are going abroad this summer or are making the most of the glorious sunshine here at home, make sure you follow these easy steps to help protect your eyes and vision.
If you have any concerns about your vision or other questions relating to UV exposure and your eyes, please contact your local KODAK Lens Opticians using our optician finder.