Sun Awareness Week: Protect your eyes from UV

Tina Patel Tina Patel
Wednesday, 19 October 2022 Share this blog: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Copy link Copy Link

Sun Awareness Week was created by The British Association of Dermatologists. The week runs from 3rd to 9th May 2023 and aims to encourage safety in the sun and raise awareness of the danger sun exposure can cause to your health. Tanning in particular has always been popular, but it can be disastrous for your skin health as well as your eyes. Although sunlight can certainly be beneficial, without adequate protection and precaution, it can be damaging for our health, causing everything from skin cancer to cataracts. Follow our top tips to protect your skin and eyes.

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Wear sunglasses

Too much sun exposure can cause cataracts, sunburnt eyes, growths on the eye and even eye cancer. It’s important to always wear sunglasses outside, even on overcast days as UV radiation can penetrate cloud. At Feel Good Contacts, all our sunglasses protect against 100% of UVA and UVB rays, so you can stay safe in the sun.

To get the best of both worlds, you can turn your glasses into prescription sunglasses. Transitions lenses (photochromic) will allow you to walk around inside with clear lenses, and enjoy the UV protection of tinted lenses when you step outside.

Stay in the shade

You can have fun in the sun without being directly in sunlight. Wide-brim hats and parasols are great options for keeping you in the shade. Some sun exposure is good for us as this is how the body obtains vitamin D, but a small amount of exposure to the sun is all you need.

You should also avoid being in the sun between 11am and 3pm as the sun is the most damaging between these hours.

Wear sunscreen

You should always apply broad spectrum SPF to all exposed skin, at least 30 minutes before sun exposure. ‘Broad spectrum’ means that the SPF will protect you against UVA and UVB rays. There are many formulations of sun cream now available, including roll on, spray, cream and aerosol. Just remember to apply enough product (about two milligrams of sunscreen per square centimetre of skin.) If you don’t apply enough product then you won’t get the full amount of protection.

Do people with dark skin need sunscreen?

Although darker skin provides a small amount of sun protection, using SPF is still just as important. There is a common myth that dark skin is somehow immune to the harmful nature of the sun but this isn’t true. It’s important to wear SPF no matter how dark or light your skin is, everyone needs to wear sunscreen. Darker skins can still burn and SPF should be applied before any prolonged sun exposure, particularly in countries that have a sunnier climate than the UK because the UV rays can be much stronger there.

Keep eyes hydrated

Warmer weather can make your eyes feel dry, especially if you wear contact lenses or suffer from seasonal allergies. Soothe dry and/or irritated eyes with some eye drops such as our comfi Soothe Drops. This gentle formula replicates your natural tears and can be used with or without contact lenses.

Is the sun safe?

With the right protection, sun exposure can be safe and enjoyable for everyone. There are certain precautions you should take before you go out in the sun such as wearing sunglasses, SPF and staying in the shade for parts of the day.