The weather over the last few weeks has been fantastic and it is brilliant to be outside. Northern Ireland has never looked so good.
We all know the dangers of UV and have probably got better at using sun cream, but protecting our eyes from UV is also essential for maintaining good eye health and preventing long-term damage.
Here are 10 tips for safeguard your eyes from UV radiation:
1. Wear sunglasses: Select sunglasses that offer 100% UV protection. Look for labels indicating they block both UVA and UVB rays. Wraparound styles and larger frames provide better coverage, reducing UV exposure from the sides. Investing in really good sunglasses such as Maui Jim or Zeal is always worthwhile.
2. Choose the right lens colour: You can choose a lens colour to keep everything neutral or opt for a lens which enhances colours or increases contrast. Make sure you get good advice.
3. Ensure you normal everyday glasses are giving you the best UV protection. Our Zeiss lenses give 100% UV protection. This is vital for everyone and especially children.
4. Protect children’s eyes: Children’s eyes are particularly vulnerable to UV damage. Ensure they wear UV-protective sunglasses and hats when outdoors.
5. As always have a regular eye examination which can help detect and address early signs of UV-related eye damage, such as cataracts or macular degeneration.
Remember, UV protection is important throughout the year, not just during sunny days.
6. Be cautious in reflective environments: Sand, water, snow, and other reflective surfaces intensify UV exposure. Wear sunglasses in these settings to counteract the increased radiation.
7. Check on any medication side effects: Some medications can increase your eyes’ sensitivity to UV light, making them more susceptible to damage. Consult your pharmacist regarding any potential risks.
8. Wear a wide-brimmed hat: Pairing your sunglasses with a broad-brimmed hat can shield your eyes from UV rays that may enter from above or around the sides of your sunglasses.
9. Seek shade: When the sun is at its peak, typically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., try to stay in shaded areas to reduce direct UV exposure to your eyes.
10. Remember, UV protection is important throughout the year, not just during sunny days. Even on cloudy or overcast days, UV rays can still reach your eyes. By adopting these preventive measures, you can safeguard your eyes from harmful UV radiation and maintain optimal eye health in the long run.