If you believe it’s just your skin that can get damaged by the sun, think again. You probably know that it is important to wear sunblock to protect your skin – but how often do you forget to wear sunglasses? Your sight is just as precious. Children’s eyes are also vulnerable to sun damage – partly because they spend more time in the sun than adults. Sun damage is why adult eyeballs are less sparkly white than children’s eyeballs. Over time the white of the eye becomes sun-damaged and more yellow.
It’s vital to wear UV protective sunglasses when you are outside, even on cool, overcast days. This is because UV radiation can reflect up from the ground, water, glass windows, concrete and other hard or shiny surfaces.
Some of the eye conditions caused or worsened by UV damage include;