We all know of the risks of sun ultraviolet radiation (UV) for our skin, but many of us are not as aware of the damaging effects that sun exposure can have on our eyes. Research from the Australian Skin Cancer Foundation shows that our eyes are 10 times more sensitive to ultraviolet radiation than our skin.
Sunlight can affect your eyes more at higher altitudes, and when reflected off water, white sand, ice or snow. Exposure to UV light raises the risk of diseases such as cataracts or growths on the eye, such as pterygium or cancer and have been linked to the development to Macular degeneration. These conditions can take many years to develop, but each time we’re out in the sun without protection we could be doing damage and increasing our risk.
The right Sight Optometry ensures that the sunglasses we sell are as protective as they are great looking. We can show you how to protect your eyes through prescription glasses and contact lenses too.
Tips for protecting your eyes from UV damage:
- Wear UV protective sunglasses and broad brimmed hats whenever outside
- Don’t be fooled by clouds or the fact that you are in the shade, a significant amount of damage can come from indirect light, whether it is from the side or reflected off surfaces such as the ground, sand or water.
- Remember the children and older family members eye sun protective wear
- When purchasing sunglasses, ensure the sun protection factor meets Australian standards (Cat 3 or higher)
- Polarised lenses can be particularly helpful for reflected glare such as at the beach or snow.
- Prescription lenses can be prescribed which block out 99.9% of UV radiation
Our friendly optometrist and Optical Dispenser will be happy to help you find the right solution for your needs and lifestyle.