South African’s are privileged to enjoy glorious Summers, but that means we also have to be mindful when it comes to harmful UV rays which can put us at risk of conditions such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. UV radiation damage builds up over your lifetime and can have a permanent effect on your eyes and vision. Research is continuously proving that exposure to ultraviolet light impacts significantly on the eye. Sunglasses are one of the best forms of eye protection from the sun’s harmful rays.
When practiced consistently the following tips can help you protect your eyesight for years to come:
1. Never look directly at the sun:
This sounds obvious but it’s amazing how many people don’t take this seriously, especially on overcast days. Looking directly at the sun can lead to damage of the eye’s retina. Be extra cautious on cloudy days because the clouds tend to trap the “good” UV light and allows only the strong, harmful part of the spectrum to penetrate through, resulting in visual discomfort and glare.
2. Wear a hat:
Hats are another form of protection against damaging UV rays. Choose one with a wide brim to protect your face and head.
3. Wear UV protective sunglasses:
UV radiation is much stronger in Summer, and just because the lenses are dark doesn’t mean your eyes are protected from these damaging rays. Choose a pair that blocks 99% to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays.
4. Pay attention to frame style
Frames aren’t only a fashion statement, choose wraparound styles that can provide better protection to your peripheral vision.
5. Choose sunglasses from a reputable retailer
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6. Wear SPF 15 or higher:
Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher, to protect yourself when you need to take off your shades. Choose one that is safe for your face and eyes.
7. Remember to protect your child’s eyes
Make sure that you get good sunglasses for your children. Researchers estimate we receive 80% of our lifetime exposure to UV rays before the age of 18. This fact is due to the amount of sun exposure and lack of adequate sun protection children typically experience.
In summation, the damage caused by the sun’s rays to our eyes is significant if we don’t actively choose to protect them. When it comes to the risks involved with UV exposure, no one is immune. Protecting your eyes and those of your family is a must. By following these simple tips, you and your loved ones can enjoy the outdoors while staying protected all year long.
Date Published: 01 December 2021