As we begin to say goodbye to winter and hello to longer days and warmer weather it is
important we shift focus to the effects of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation on our
UV radiation can have many effects on the eye which include:
Cataracts - clouding of the lens inside the eye which leads to blurred vision.
Pterygium - tissue growth over the eyes surface that can cause irritation, irregular tear
film, and astigmatism by altering the curvature of the eye.
Macular degeneration - damage to the retinal cells in the area of the eye responsible for
central vision resulting in damaged central vision.
Sunglasses are not only an essential fashion accessory their essential in protecting our eyes from the suns harmful effects. Wearing the right pair of sunglasses protects our
eyes by blocking UV radiation from penetrating the delicate tissues in and around our
eyes. It is important to remember to wear sun protection all year round as the snow can
also reflect up to 80% of the suns UV radiation. As long as you are well equipped with
the right eye protection to reduce UV exposure you can look forward to sunny days