Some questions and answers about The Effect of Sun Damage by Leighton Griffiths Store Director at Specsavers Opticas Marbella.
Living in Spain we often have people come in to the store who are concerned about the effects of sun damage on their eyes, so we have put together some of our most commonly asked questions to help.
Can the sun really damage my eyes?
Yes. The same as our skin, our eyes can also be damaged by UV rays and can lead to various problems. Children under 10 in particular should be protected, as their eyes can’t block as much UV as adults’ eyes can.
What are the effects of sun damage on eyes?
Exposure to UV rays can cause a number of problems including; Cataracts, Macular degeneration, Eyelid skin cancer, Pinguecula (small, yellowish, slightly raised lesions that form on the surface of the white part of the eye that can cause irritation and dry eyes) and Pterygium (scar tissue that can grow over the surface of the eye and impair vision).
What can I do to protect my eyes?
The best protection is to wear sunglasses with total UV protection and a hat. When choosing sunglasses we recommend that you;
• Check sunglasses comply with UNE-EN 1836:2006 + A1:2008 or bear the CE kite mark and are marked UV 400.
• Consider polarized lenses to decrease the amount of glare and choose large or wraparound glasses
All Specsavers’ sunglasses offer the maximum UV protection.