Summer is here and with it comes good times – holidays, the beach, tans, ice cream aplenty – all round great fun. But with increased sunlight comes increased risks. We all know that sunlight carries harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays and we all know that UV can be bad news for your skin. So to avoid conditions like sunburn or worse, we spend hundreds of pounds on skin cream products and sun block.
But UV doesn’t affect only your skin – your eyes are also at risk of various conditions that can arise from the damage caused by UV – from corneal flash burns ‘snow blindness’ and is the main cause of cataracts.
Luckily, protecting your eyes and preventing damage caused by the summer months can actually be very simple – by adjusting the simple things in life, such as changing your diet to include more leafy greens, or to look into buying UV-filtered glasses – whether through clear coatings such as Crizal UV, sunglasses, polarised lenses, Transitions or clip-on shades for your existing glasses.
There are also options for your children – who spend more time outdoors and would therefore benefit more from UV protection and sunglasses.
This month, as we spin ever closer to the hottest time of the year, when your eyes are particularly vulnerable, we will look at the options open to you in terms of caring for yours and your family’s eyes during the bright rays of Summer. JH