Everyone these days understands the importance of sun protection. The 1980's advertising campaign of Slip, Slop, Slap, before going out in the sun has become part of popular culture. But how many of us are thinking of eye protection while lathering on the sunscreen. Not nearly enough from my experience. Australia has one of the highest UV ratings in the world and people still don't understand that you can sun burn your eyes. Not only is ocular sun burn an immediate problem but the effect of sun damage to your eyes is cumulative, as it is for your skin.
Studies have shown that ultra-violet (UV) damage can lead to Macula Degeneration, Cataracts, types of Ocular Cancer, and Ptyergiums' (a fleshy growth that can extend over the eye) commonly observed in surfers. If these conditions aren't enough to scare you into wearing sunglasses then you should know that reflective conditions such as the beach, on the water or in the snow double people's UV exposure.
Look after your eyes wear a hat and order a pair of prescription sunglasses today.