We’ve all heard it before – slip, slop, slap! As Australians we know the dangers of going out in the sun and to apply sunscreen on our skin. But wearing sunglasses is the same as sunscreen for your eyes. 2 in 3 Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70*, and it has no age restriction. Melanomas are in fact, the most common type of cancer in young Australians aged 15-44.
But for some reason, our knowledge about the sun’s detrimental effects on our eyes doesn’t seem quite as high. As an optometrist I’ve seen too many cases of carcinomas and neoplastic lesions on eyelids and the conjunctiva (white part of the eyes). In fact, I would say in my consulting chair the majority of people I see every single day have some form of sun damage to their eyes – whether it be in the form of a pinguecula, pterygium (growth on the front of the eye due to excessive UV exposure) or something more sinister. Did you know that UV exposure has been linked to cataracts and macular degeneration? All of these conditions inherently place one of your most precious senses – your sight – at risk!
The solution can be simple in the form of sunglasses! Slip on those sunglasses when you are outside and think of it like sunscreen for your eyes.
At Rosser Optometry we ensure that your sunglasses fit perfectly to limit UV exposure, have premium lenses for UV protection and also look fashionable! For those of you that need a prescription – look no further! Our modern lens designs mean we can fit prescription sunglass lenses into various shapes and sized frames. The other option is also a contact lens fitting so you can wear non-prescription sunnies.
Come visit us today to have your own personalised sunglass fitting, and have us assess the health of your eyes!
*Cancer Council Australia; http://www.cancer.org.au/about-cancer/types-of-cancer/skin-cancer.html