Sun Protection

Your Eyes & The Sun

We are all told about the importance of protecting our skin against the damage that can be caused by the sun, but how much damage can the sun do to our eyes?

There is evidence that too much exposure to the sunshine, in particular the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can contribute to the development of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.

Children and the sun

Studies have shown that children who spend time outdoors are less likely to be short-sighted, and some eye problems are linked to unhealthy lifestyles. So don’t stop your child exercising outdoors – just make sure their eyes are properly protected.

Research has shown that 76 per cent of parents admit to not making sure their child wears sunglasses when out and about in the sun.

Since children spend a lot of time outside, it’s important to protect your child’s eyes in the sun. Make sure your child’s sunglasses have 100% UV protection and carry the British Standard (BS EN ISO 12312-1:2013) or CE mark. You can also protect your child’s eyes by making sure they wear a hat with a brim or a sun visor in bright sunlight.


Sun beds have been linked to skin cancer, so they are best avoided. If you do use a sun bed, always make sure you wear eye protection while tanning.

The skin on eye lids is very thin and delicate so it is vital to protect eye lids from ultraviolet (UV) rays. Lack of protection could lead to benign eye growths called pterygium and repeated exposure to UV may cause long-term damage which could affect your sight.

At Hendon Eyecare Opticians we offer a number of products that protect your eyes against UV rays,  these include clear lenses, tinted lenses and lenses that are clear indoors and go dark when in sunlight. If you’d like to know more then contact us on 020 8202 7914.

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