Take care in the sun to protect your sight, eye expert urges

A Sheffield eye expert is speaking out to warn people how damaging summer sun can be to their sight.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 30th May 2016, 3:05 pm
Updated Monday, 30th May 2016, 3:08 pm

Alex Gage, who owns optometrist practices at Woodseats and Crosspool, is reminding people of the dangers of exposing their eyes to the sun – and urging them to take precautions.

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He said: “The eyes are 10 times more sensitive to UV damage than our skin and there are a number of conditions associated with extended exposure to UV rays including cataracts, macular degeneration and some forms of eye cancer.

“Because up to 80 per cent of the eyes’ UV exposure happens before the age of 18, it’s particularly important to protect children’s eyes with a hat and wrap-around sunglasses or UV-blocking contact lenses when they are outside in the sun.”

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