It’s really important to protect your eyes in the sun. Exposure to UV rays accelerates the ageing of the conjunctiva and may damage the lens and retina, potentially resulting in cataract and age related macular degeneration. Therefore, sunglasses that comply with safety standard BS EN ISO 12312-1:2013 are essential. Make sure that sunglasses you purchase have the British Standard kitemark or are made by a reputable manufacturer and contain the CE mark. The CE mark is the manufacturer’s assurance that they meet European safety standards.
Sunglasses or a wide brimmed hat will also protect the skin around your eyes from UV rays.
Children’s eyes need protection too. They have larger pupils and the lenses in young eyes transmit more light than older people so it’s really important to protect their eyes with sunglasses and a hat. Remember you can get prescription sunglasses for kids too.
Sunglasses are available in any prescription as well as in bifocals or varifocals so people who wear glasses can wear sunglasses too. Prescription sunglasses start from £28 for kids and from £59 for adults.
Remember, the sun doesn’t have to be shining to pose a risk to your eyes- even on dull days you should consider wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV.
Protect your eyes from pollen by wearing wraparound sunglasses while outdoors.
Visit us or your pharmacist for advice on medicated eye drops to help alleviate the itching and swelling. If you wear contact lenses, check of you can use the drops when wearing your lenses.
Many drops take 1-2 weeks of constant use to help your eyes build up resistance to the pollen.
Cold compresses help relieve itchy, sore eyes. Try not to rub your eyes when they are itchy.