The experts from Specsavers Opticas Marbella on the Costa del Sol in Spain answer some of your questions about Ski Eye Care…..
During the ski season we receive lots of questions about eye care so we’ve put together the most commonly asked questions to allow everyone to enjoy the sun safely on the slopes this season….
Why are my eyes more at risk when I’m skiing?
The atmosphere on the slopes is very clear and the reflection of sunlight on the slopes is very strong. These two factors combine to be potentially damaging to the eyes and could lead to long term effects.
How does this affect my eyes?
Although people know how important it is to keep skin protected from the sun, few realise how damaging UV rays can be to the eyes. The UVB rays can irritate the surface of the eye, causing a painful form of sunburn of the eye (called photokeratitis). You may not even be aware whilst out in the snow, as the effects can take 6-12 hours to develop. Long-term exposure to UVB can cause cataracts and even ocular tumours.
How can I protect my eyes whilst out on the slopes?
All you need is good sunglasses, but make sure you choose the right ones. Always read the label carefully and choose the maximum protection factor available. Remember that eyes will be exposed to high levels of UV even if it’s not sunny. Choosing sunglasses without the right protection could damage the eye by causing the pupil to dilate, increasing the amount of UV light filtering into the eyes, so always keep this in mind when selecting your eyewear.
Specsavers Opticas Marbella have Digital Retinal Cameras which help opticians to see the back of the eye and use this cutting edge technology as standard as part of their thorough eye test. For more information or to book an eye why not get in touch with them today.