We all know to protect our skin before going out in the sun these days, but neglecting to protect the eyes is still all too common, according to an expert.
Specsavers optometrist Karen Walsh said research indicates 40 per cent of people are still not wearing sunglasses when they go out on bright days.
"It's important that we all understand the long-term damage of the sun on our eyes and how to prevent it," she said.
"While our eyelids are designed to protect our eyes, the skin around our eyes is very thin and contains fragile tissues that can easily be damaged by UV light."
Karen said UV damage to the eye and eyelid increases the risk of serious conditions such as cataracts, macular degeneration, and eyelid skin cancers, including melanoma.
But she said there are simple steps which can be taken to protect our eyes while still enjoying what the sun has to offer.
Here are Karen's top tips for keeping your eyes safe this summer:
Yes! In addition to some serious long-term conditions which can develop over time, the sun can also have more immediate effects which can cause pain, irritation and discomfort. Signs your eyes have had too much exposure to the sun may include discomfort or redness, tears, blurry vision, swelling, light sensitivity, eyelid twitching, a gritty feeling in the eyes, short-term loss of vision, or seeing halos
Recent research by Specsavers revealed the following worrying statistics:
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