Although many people will head out and enjoy the summer sun this year, it is a well-established fact that UV rays can be highly damaging and people should safeguard themselves from the sun's rays.
While some people will wear sunscreen or a hat, what many forget to do is protect their eyes from the sun – even though they are more sensitive to the sun's rays than any other body part.
With temperatures expected to soar in the weeks and months ahead, Vishakha Thakrar, a professional affairs consultant at Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, has advised people to take precautions to protect their eyes – including the use of UV contact lenses, which can offer a degree of protection.
Although the short-term effects can be hard to notice, long-term exposure to the sun can lead to damage to the eye and surrounding tissue, she explained.
"The effects of UV radiation are cumulative over a person's lifetime, and ocular disorders such as cataracts may not manifest for years, at which point the damage is already done," she added.
"The best protection is a combination of sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, and for some, UV-blocking contact lenses."