By Alexa Kaczka
Now that summer is here and the sun is showing its face, many people are heading out and about and making the most of the rays as they look to get a tan.
However, many of these people are doing so without first taking precautions to safeguard their eyes against the harmful effects of the sun's UV rays, and may be endangering their eyesight as a result.
This was a message recently issued by Nick Atkins, an ambassador for Rohto Dry Eye Relief, who stressed the need for people to take action to ensure they are prepared for when the sun does shine.
His comments followed the publication of a poll of 1,000 people aged between 20 and 60 by his organisation about their eyecare routines.
It found that, although a number of factors played a part in triggering eye problems, the effects on a person's everyday life can be devastating.
A major problem for many people is when they head away on holiday but neglect to take precautions to safeguard their vision while they are abroad, Mr Atkins noted.
He explained that plenty of products exist which can help to protect eyes against the sun, from UV contact lenses to hats, but one of the best ways of safeguarding the eyes is to invest in a good pair of sunglasses where people can be assured of quality.
"If you are going out in the sun, whether home or abroad, on holiday or just every day, then the use of good quality UV400 sunglasses is essential to help prevent long-term problems such as cataracts," the expert advised.
The Rohto survey also showed that air travel and holidaying was a particular trigger for eye problems, with one in four respondents complaining of dry eyes due to air conditioning and 39 per cent suffering from the condition after swimming in a chlorinated swimming pool.
Mr Atkins added that the use of drops can help the eyes feel more comfortable when holidaying.
"Often when travelling, the environment can be dry from air conditioning on planes, trains, hotels and of course if you are on holiday in arid climates," he explained.
by Alexa Kaczka