Published on: July 18, 2022
As the UK is set for extreme weather with some areas reaching record highs, The College of Optometrists is urging the public to protect their eyes when outside.
Dr Paramdeep Bilkhu MCOptom, Clinical Advisor at the College explains: “As we approach record-breaking temperatures across many parts of the UK, it’s important to remember that your eyes, as well as your skin, need to be protected when spending time outside. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light has been linked to eye conditions, including cataract and macular degeneration, which can lead to sight loss. It is especially important for parents to protect their children’s eyes, as they are more susceptible to UV rays due to their large pupils and clearer lenses.
“The good news is that high quality sunglasses can give you the protection your eyes need. So if you find yourself outside during the hot weather, always wear sunglasses with UV protections, find shade where possible when UV rays are at their strongest, and make sure you keep yourself hydrated with plenty of fluids.”
The College has issued the following advice to safeguard eye health and vision over the summer months:
Further information and advice on how to look after your eyes in summer