Some questions and answers about Summer Eye Care by Leighton Griffiths Store Director at Specsavers Opticas Marbella.
As temperatures rise and people hit the beach, we see more and more people coming into the store with sore and infected eyes. Here’s how to protect yours this summer.
Can the sun damage my eyes?
Yes, I am afraid it can, exposure to UV rays causes a painful irritation to the cornea at the front of the eye. In extreme circumstances this can lead to cancer of the cornea, age related macular degeneration, cataracts and even blindness.
How can I protect my eyes?
Everyone should wear large or wraparound sunglasses which comply with UNE-EN 1836:2006 + A1:2008 or bear the CE kite mark and are marked UV 400.
What should I do if I get something in my eye?
It is easy for sand or small objects to get into your eye when you’re swimming and spending time on the beach. If this happens:
- Try not to rub your eyes as this could scratch the cornea
- Do not rinse your eyes with running water, the eye will water to flush out the object naturally
- If it is still painful and you think the object is still in your eye, go to your nearest opticians who will try to locate and remove the object.
- If this doesn’t help, the Optometrist will refer you to the nearest hospital for treatment.