From the moment we wake up until we fall asleep again our eyes are hard at work. Yet how many consider the damage the sun could do to their eyes during these daylight hours? Research shows that longterm unprotected exposure to the sun’s UVA and UVB rays can lead to damage of the eye’s cornea, lens and retina which can affect the quality of vision.
These effects may take years to develop so it is important that the eyes are protected from an early age to reduce the onset of eye disease in later life. The amount of ultra violet light reaching the earth has increased in recent years due to depletion in the ozone layer. Fortunately in the UK the ozone layer is thinnest in spring when the sun is still quite low in the sky and there is plenty of cloud cover. However eye protection is still important. People exposed to high levels of UV are thought to be 4x more likely to develop cataracts(clouding of the eye’s focussing lens).