Friday 17 November 2017

Take care of your eyes

A wide hat, such as this one from Heatons, can reduce UV rays reaching your face and eyes
A wide hat, such as this one from Heatons, can reduce UV rays reaching your face and eyes

Don't forget to take care of your eyes in the sun. Long-term exposure to sunlight increases the risk of a type of cataract and is also linked to pterygia - growths on the surface of the eye.

Over-exposure to ultraviolet light, such as a day at the beach without proper eye protection, can cause a temporary but painful burn to the surface of the eye, similar to sunburn on the skin. Reflected sunlight from water is particularly dangerous.

Always avoid looking directly at the sun. Staring directly at the sun can permanently scar the retina, the area at the back of the eye responsible for vision.

Wearing a wide-brimmed hat can reduce the amount of UV rays that reach your face and eyes.

Sunglasses can also offer protection. Consider sunglasses with wide or wraparound arms.

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