Protecting your eyes from the sun
As Britain sizzles in the hottest weather recorded since 2006, hundreds of thousands of people are set to get ready to attend some of the biggest summer events and make last minute holiday getaways. We know the dangers of unprotected skin from the sun’s rays, but what about ultraviolet damage to your eyes?
UV rays can cause considerable damage to your eyes. Growths called pingueculae and pterygia can occur as early as teens and early 20’s, especially for those that spend a large amount of time outdoors in the sun. As well as being unsightly, they can cause corneal problems and distorted vision. Other diseases take many years to develop such as cataracts and Macular Degeneration. The sun can also burn the eyes, the same way that it does the skin, causing a temporary but painful sensation, and if you stare directly at the sun you can cause permanent damage to the retina.
If you have taken the step towards incredible vision at Focus Clinics you will not want to reduce your results through sun damage. So how can you protect your eyes while still enjoying everything that summer can offer? The very best thing that you can do is invest in a good pair of sunglasses. Make sure you look for a CE Mark, a UV 400 label and a statement that the glasses provide 100% UV protection. Choose frames that are close fitting and wrap around the face as they protect the eyes from all angles, and remember that the darkness of the lenses is not related to the amount of protection. For the fashion conscious wearer, style and protection can go hand in hand. ‘Blinging’ your old shades is a big craze this summer, customise with feathers, sequins, bows and buttons, the bigger and brighter the better!
Also you can wear a wide brimmed hat, and take extra care when UV rays are stronger than normal, for example, at high altitudes, in equatorial regions, and in wide open spaces especially where there is snow cover.
Above all, enjoy your summer, stay cool and don’t stare at the sun. If you fancy sending us some shots of your supercool shades then please do - you can post them to our Facebook page.