19.08.2010

UV protection "essential" in sunny weather

UV protection "essential" in sunny weather

By Emily Tait

People heading away to catch the summer sun have been advised to take a pair of sunglasses which offer good UV protection in order to safeguard their vision.

Dr Luisa Dillner, writing in the Guardian, compiled a checklist of things which people need to take away on holiday in order to protect themselves, with sunglasses being high on the agenda.

According to the expert, sunglasses provide "the best protection" from bright sunshine, with holidaymakers advised to search for a pair from a respectable manufacturer which they know will safeguard their eyes from harm.

"Look for ones that block 99-100 per cent of UV-A and UV-B rays. You can get a painful burn on the front of your eye from the reflections of UV light. Wraparound sunglasses provide extra defence," she recommended.

Meanwhile, Andrena McElvanney, an ophthalmologist at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals, recently told the Daily Mail that many contact lens wearers forget to pack eye drops when travelling, even though they can increase comfort considerably during plane journeys.

by Emily Tait


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