Protect your eyes from rays
MAKING sunglasses a part of your everyday sun protection will reduce your chances of suffering from eye diseases such as macular degeneration and cataracts.
National Sunnies Day was celebrated yesterday, an initiative of the Queensland Eye Institute to raise awareness of the importance of wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes.
EyeQ Optometrists' optometrist Natalie Rokic said people were vulnerable to UV damage at all times of the day and all year round.
"Sunglasses should be used in combination with other UV measures, such as hats and sunscreen and trying to stay in the shade," Ms Rokic said. "Even short bursts of UV rays can lead to irritation. No matter how short, it all adds up in the long term."
People should look for sunglasses that met Australian laws, she said. "(They) should make sure they check labels, as the higher the number of Eye Protection Factor (EPF), the better protection.
"If people have spent lots of time in the sun it's advisable that they have their eyes checked. The UV is three times higher in summer too."
The Queensland Eye Institute's website states eye disease and blindness are major problems that remain heavily under-treated in Australia.
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