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PROTECTING YOUR EYES FROM THE SUN

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UV blocking eye protection is crucial to prevent long-term harm

In May, Mike Stone from Specsavers Opticas in Calpe gave an informative presentation about UV and the effects of the sun on our eyes for the members of the University of the 3rd Age Vall de Pop in Murla.

This interesting talk gave information to help the members to be able to effectively protect their eyes from the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) light radiation. They also tested the attendees’ sunglasses with their UV meter and found that some of them were not giving adequate protection.

Mike explains why it is important to think about your eyes in Spain’s strong sun – “UV blocking eye protection is crucial to prevent long-term harm and the development of the following ocular diseases:

Cataracts

Macular degeneration

Eyelid skin cancer

Pinguecula – small, yellowish, slightly raised lesions that form on the surface of the white part of the eye and cause irritation.

Pterygium – scar tissue that can grow over the surface of the eye and impair the vision.

Photokeratitis— an inflammation of the cornea due to UV exposure, comparable to sunburn of the very sensitive skin of the eye lids and tissues of the cornea.

You may not know that eyes are most at risk when the light hits at an angle, typically between 08.00-10.00 and 14.00-16.00. My advice would be to use photochromic lenses, polarized lenses, sunglasses and tinted lenses which block 100% of ultraviolet A and B radiation at all times of the year and day to fully protect your eyes.”

Specsavers Opticas in Calpe and Javea offer a free service to test the UV protection that your sunglasses offer so you can make sure you are protected. They are also raising money for the AmbulanciaParaJavea campaign which is fundraising to buy a specially adapted bus to help the elderly and disabled access medical care and get out of their homes.

To find out how you can get involved in the campaign email ambulanciaparajavea@live.com, for more information about Specsavers visit www.specsavers.es.

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