UV rays are accumulated over a lifetime, and the current senior population typically has not known that protecting their eyes is essential. Although only about 1% of UV rays reach the retina, the effects are accumulated over a lifetime and can become an issue for every part of the eye.
The Cornea can become sunburnt just like normal skin, as light is reflected off surfaces like water, snow or even concrete. This heals with time, but recurring sunburn may result in longer-term problems.
The lens of the eye, in absorbing most of the UV rays reduces the amount of light passing through over time, leading to cataracts or a need to replace the lens.
The retina is most sensitive to the toxic effects of UV rays, and although protected by the lens and the cornea, excess contact with the sun leads to an increase likelihood and severity of AMD.
To prevent UV related damage of the eyes it is very beneficial to invest in good quality 100% UV absorbing / reflecting sun wear in which the lenses provide complete coverage both from the front as well as the top and sides. Protection from the sun is critical for healthy eyes especially under the harsh Australian sun.
At Mobile Eye Clinic we source only the top quality sun glasses, including the revolutionary Fitovers™ to wear over your ordinary prescription glasses. Call us on 1300 393 392 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about our range and prices.