22.06.2010

Charity offers eye protection tips

Charity offers eye protection tips

By Alexa Kaczka

A charity has offered tips on how to protect the eyes, recommending that people take every precaution possible.

Action for Blind People has advised the public to wear sunglasses whenever they are outdoors and exposed to the sun, particularly at the moment when the weather is fine.

"UV light from the sun"s rays can cause damage to your eyes. To reduce risks always wear a pair of sunglasses when outside in the sun. Check your shades have a UV factor rating and carry the CE mark," it recommended.

The charity added that people who work at a computer should also take regular breaks to rest their eyes, while people with a family history of eye problems should be regularly assessed for conditions such as glaucoma, which is hereditary.

It comes after research published in the August print issue of Archives of Ophthalmology revealed the use of medications that increase sensitivity to the sun, combined with exposure to sunlight, appears to be associated with the risk of age-related cataract.

by Adrian Galbreth


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