While many people are aware of the dangers of sunburn, the importance of protecting your eyes from the summer sunshine may not be as well known.
Sensible sun-seekers will make sure their eyes are as protected as their skin this summer, according to Doctors Eric Sails and Mark Till from Dallas, Texas, US, who have teamed up with Home Town Annapolis to issue some eye-friendly advice.
The doctors state that excessive exposure to the sun"s ultraviolet rays can result in permanent damage to the cornea, retina and the lens.
To avoid such problems they advise savvy shoppers to invest in a pair of sunglasses whose manufacturer guarantees them to block 99 to 100 per cent of all UV rays, as opposed to just a general claim to "block UV".
Eye health charity the Eye Care Trust has urged adults to be vigilant when protecting their children"s eyes this summer, following a survey which found 44 per cent of parents neglect to invest in proper sunglasses for their kids.
by Adrian Galbreth