We’re all aware of the skin cancer risk due to ultraviolet (UV) exposure, but many don’t consider that those same UV rays can be equally damaging to our eyes, and the sensitive skin around our eyes. In fact, the more time spent in the sun, the more at risk we are.
Children spend a lot more time outdoors than their parents do and therefore are more exposed to UV Rays. In extreme cases, this over exposure can present itself as Photokeratitis – which is a form of sunburn in the eye. It is important to get your kids into sunnies early because a kid that spends time outside playing and participating in sports and then works outside as an adult accumulatively is at higher risk than an adult that is office based.
Include your children in the family sunglasses shopping run from an early age to avoid damage to vision. The earlier they learn about prevention, the more protected their eyes (and your medical savings) will be.
So think twice before you step out into another beautiful day without your shades.
Well, it's a world-recognized initiative celebrating the importance of wearing UV protective eyewear. This year the global day, celebrated on the 27th June in the northern hemisphere, "resulted in more than 900 million impressions" on social media .
South Africa is known for its sunny skies and it is only apt that we also celebrate our sunshine, in a good way. Because we are in the southern hemisphere, our official National Sunglass Season lasts for over two months of the year - from December through January when the sun's intensity peaks in our country.
In light of this initiative, Vision Works Optometrists answers some commonly asked questions about protecting your eyes from the sun’s potential harm below:
Yes, depending on your location, UV rays may vary in intensity. The concentration of UV light can be determined by the following factors:
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