Campaign urges eye protection

Campaign urges eye protection

By Alexa Kaczka

A new campaign is urging people to think about how they can protect their eyes and other parts of their body from the sun's harmful rays

The Irish Cancer Society has pointed out that hundreds of people die from skin cancer every year even though there are many steps they can take to protect themselves.

The same applies to vision, with UV rays having harmful effect on the eyes – something that can be avoided by wearing wraparound sunglasses, the organisation stated.

Another option for people is to wear a wide-brimmed hat, it noted, with UV-protection contact lenses also playing a role in reducing exposure.

"Sun exposure is the main risk for skin cancer so it is important to always protect your skin both at home and abroad whether being on the beach, playing sports, gardening or working outdoors and never get sunburnt," said Norma Cronin, health promotion manager at the Irish Cancer Society.

Dr Christine Sindt, associate professor of clinical ophthalmology at the University of Iowa and chair of the American Optometric Association Contact Lens and Cornea Council, recently said the effects of the sun can be hugely damaging to the eyes and are often underestimated.

by Adrian Galbreth

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