Sun smart . . . Kay Hart (left) and Pru Quin don?t take any risks in the hot Coffs Harbour sun.
Sun smart . . . Kay Hart (left) and Pru Quin don?t take any risks in the hot Coffs Harbour sun.

A shady summer is good sense for eyes



IF you spend even moderate time in the summer sun without appropriate eye protection, you're twice as likely to have sight-threatening complications later in life.

Coffs Harbour optometrist Michael Jones is urging residents to pay particular attention to eye protection this summer to prevent serious eye damage.

"As the development of the eye is gradual, young people are most at risk from the cumulative effects of UV exposure," he said.

"Early and prolonged exposure to UV radiation doubles the likelihood of developing cataract and macular degeneration later in life.

"Simple preventative measure such as wearing a broad-brimmed hat and choosing suitable sunglasses for your activity go a long way to protecting against the development of UV-related eye disease."

Here's a few tips for summer eye care:

make eye protection part of your summer routine;

ensure your eye protection meets Australian standards;

be careful when choosing sunglasses for children ? sometimes models that appear to be sunglasses are toys which provide no protection;

talk to your optometrist about the best UV eye protection for your lifestyle;

photocromic lenses that automatically adjust to light or dark conditions can provide convenient UV and glare protection for prescription wearers; and

if you have an existing lens prescription, check that your are up to date with your sunglasses prescription.



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