Eye Damage from UV Rays in Australia: Facts and Myths
Eye damage from UV rays is a serious matter. As eye surgeons, we see the devastating impact of the harsh Australian sun on eyes all too often.
Yes, we treat a lot of adults in our clinic, because eye diseases and cancers often show up later in life, though they begin much earlier.
The frightening thing is that our patients are getting younger. The damage is setting in sooner. And it’s showing up as eye cancer in children more often than you’d believe.
Sometimes eye damage from UV rays is not obvious. Your child may have itching or irritated eyes over a prolonged time even though on inspection your GP cannot detect anything obvious.
Eye protection from an early age (we’re talking babies) is crucial to preventing eye damage from UV rays in your children. So today we want to bring you some facts and bust some myths about eye damage from UV rays, so that Australians are equipped with the knowledge they need to protect their eyes from the sun.
Facts About Eye Damage From UV Rays
1. UV rays can damage eyes even on cloudy days.
2. Kids’ eyes are immature and have not developed their full natural defences against harmful UV rays.
3. Sunscreen, shirt and hat cannot offer any protection to eyes.
Myths About Eye Damage From UV Rays
1. Babies and kids don’t need sunnies.
Australians Need To Be Concerned About Eye Damage From The Sun
It’s true – we are the lucky country. The Australian climate is gorgeous and our lively culture of BBQs, backyard cricket, and beach fun is testimony to our country’s appreciation for outdoor fun.
But we do need to get real. Eye damage from UV rays in Australia is a critical health concern that is not yet being adequately addressed by government health initiatives or in the media.
Will you help us educate our population on this potentially devastating issue? Share our articles on your social media pages, talk to your child’s school about stocking sunglasses for students, write in to your local paper, and of course, show off your own pair of Beamers protective sunglasses whenever you’re enjoying fun in the sun.