Moorfields Eye Charity’s trustees celebrated National Sunglasses Day on Tuesday 27 June, to help spread the message about the importance of UV protection.
Excessive exposure to UV light can lead to both short term and long term eye problems. In the short term, exposure can result in bloodshot, swollen eyes and a hypersensitivity to light. In support of National Sunglasses Day, Raj Das-Bhaumik, consultant ophthalmic surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital, has made this video (see below) which talks about the importance of protecting your eyes from UV rays on sunny days. Scroll to below the video for more tips.
Here are some handy tips to keep your eyes safe during the summer:
1. It is extremely important to protect your eyes during prolonged sun exposure. This will help to reduce the risk of developing cataracts and common types of skin cancer called basal cell carcinoma.
2. When buying sunglasses always look for the UV 400 mark to ensure they will protect your eyes from harmful UVA and UVB rays.
3. Buy sunglasses from a reputable retailer and check that they carry the CE mark to ensure that they will protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.
4. Keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm when UV rays are most harmful.
5. Fake sunglasses often provide little or no UV protection from the sun.
6. Contact lenses with a UV filter do not offer full protection from the sun.