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Top Tips to Help Protect Your Eyes on Holiday

Whilst people understand the importance of protecting our skin from the sun, many underestimate the effects it can have on human sight. Our eyes are delicate organs, up to 10 times more sensitive to UV damage than our skin, so it is important to provide effective protection. Whether you are spending time directly in the sun or in the shade, your eyes should be well protected.

Here are some top tips from Boots Optician Samantha Watson to help protect your eyes this summer:

1) Ensure your sunglasses have high levels of UV protection

Many popular holiday destinations have whitewashed buildings lining almost every street which increases the amount of UV around you. Not all sunglasses can effectively protect your eyes from UV rays, so here are some tips for finding the perfect stylish and safe pair of sunglasses…

  • Look for both the ‘CE’ mark which is the European community standard and British Standard on the inside arm of your sunglasses. You might also see a 100% UV protection or UV 400 label on the lenses.
  • Ensure they fit well to minimise stray light entering your eyes either from the sides or the top, through the gap between your face and the lenses.
  • If you are confused or unsure about how effective your sunglasses are, take them to your local opticians, who can advise you.

Couple Wearing Sunglasses

2) Kids’ eyes need protection too

It’s important to look after the eyes of children. They have wider pupils and clearer lenses, so their eyes are more vulnerable to UV penetration to their retina and more exposed to potential sun damage. Up to 70% of children in the UK still don’t wear sunglasses, despite generally spending more time outdoors than adults.

Some toy sunglasses don’t provide effective protection from UV rays, and their dark lenses may cause the pupil to dilate allowing more UV light to enter the eye, so look out for the ‘CE’ mark on the inside arm of the sunglasses.

Kids Wearing Sunglasses

3) Protect your eyes even when in the shade

It’s a common misconception that you only need to wear sunglasses when the sun is out. In fact, your eyes need protection all year around, as cloud may only reduce UV exposure by 10%.

You should consider wearing sunglasses especially in the morning and afternoon when the sun is lower in the sky. Your brow ridge is less able to provide natural shade than when the sun is high overhead.

Even when you are in the shade, you should still consider wearing sunglasses, as UV rays can be reflected in to your eyes from surfaces such as concrete and water.

Woman Wearing Sunglasses In The Shade

Going on holiday and looking to keep your eyes safe? Boots UK have got you covered!