WE USUALLY think of UV protection for our skin, but not often for the eyes. UV damage to the eyes can accelerate the ocular ageing process and can be one of the risk factors for cataract, age related macular degeneration and pterygium.
In addition, the skin around your eyes is very delicate so UV radiation around the eye area can cause premature ageing and wrinkles.
“A good pair of sunglasses is like sunscreen for the eyes,” explains Yang Wang, a therapeutically qualified optometrist and the practice owner of Eyecare Plus Corrimal.
“But not all sunglasses offer total eye protection.
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“Certain sunglass lenses only have UV protection at the front surface, but significant UV exposure comes from light reflection off the back of the lens, compromising its purpose of UV protection.
“That is why we use Essilor Crizal UV lenses, the only prescription lens endorsed by the Cancer Council. It has an E-SPF rating of 50.
“This lens ensures protection against UV from both surfaces in addition to its anti-glare feature and improved scratch resistance.
“It really is a remarkable innovation, ensuring your eyes are well protected for the coming summer.”
Preventative eye care through check-ups at regular intervals is essential for maintaining good eye health.
When ocular diseases such as cataract and age-related macular degeneration are detected early, optometrists are able to provide more effective management plans to prevent or minimise further damage.
In the case of glaucoma, often patients don’t notice any symptoms until the late stages when tunnel vision and permanent visual blur sets in. Prompt detection and treatment can prevent permanent damage to the eyes.
Regular eye checks are especially important now with increasing use of digital technology.
Early detection of ocular issues such as myopia, amblyopia and hyperopia allow for prompt treatment and better visual outcomes.
“We provide customised lens choices, as not all lenses are the same,” Dr Wang said.
“There are different grades of visual performance and protection depending on the type and quality of the lens we choose - just like camera lenses.
“We utilise mainly Essilor lenses with good UV protection to ensure the best visual outcome. We have a three-month ‘no questions asked’ guarantee – if there are any issues, we’ll fix it for you. We also bulk bill our eye examinations.”
Located at Shop 2/104 Railway Street, Corrimal, phone Eyecare Plus Corrimal on 4284 0604 or book online at eyecarepluscorrimal.com.au. Like them on Facebook: Eyecare Plus Corrimal.
Be proactive about your eye care with regular checkups.