Sunshine and Your Eyes
Spring is here, and along with that comes longer days with more sunshine. Our eyes are one area that is very susceptible to UV damage. Excessive UV exposure can hasten the development of cataracts, increase the risk of macular degeneration, and cause benign growths on the surface of the eye.
Sunshine and Your Eyes. Research has shown that almost 80 per cent of under-25s put fashion and price before safety standards when choosing sunglasses. Buy good quality, dark sunglasses – Look out for glasses carrying the “CE” Mark and British Standard BS EN 1836:2005, which ensures that the sunglasses offer a safe level of UV protection.
If the surface of your eyes do get sun burn the surface of your eyes it is very painful and is liken to someone rubbing sand on your eyes. The best treatment is bed rest, with a cold compress over the eyes until they have recovered. If in doubt consult you local GP or optician. The may prescribe some anti inflammatory drugs but the essential treatment is rest.
Remember as always the best line of defence when it comes to bright light injuries from the sun is prevention. Some good sun glasses are vital to prevent sunshine in your eyes.