Well, the sun’s not exactly back out on the Gold Coast, but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be protecting your eyes.
Especially today, because it’s International Sunglasses Day – yes, that’s a thing.
And on the best of days, Australia’s where the sun shines brightest, particularly in… the SUNshine state.
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Cancer Council Queensland is calling on us all to slide on your wraparound sunnies.
Sure normal sunnies might look cooler, but close-fitting wraparound sunglasses will better protect you when the UV is high (index level 3 or below)(basically everyday in Queensland).
Bring your broad-brimmed hat for extra protection. Your eyes will thank you.
Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan said UV exposure in both adults and children can lead to permanent and preventable eye-damage.
“International Sunglasses Day brings attention to the importance of UV eye protection and we are taking this opportunity to remind people how vital it is to remain sun safe in Queensland all year round.
“Repeated exposure of the eyes to UV radiation causes both short-term eye complaints and permanent eye damage, including squamous cell cancers on the surface of the eye and skin cancer around the eyes.
“Other long-term eye problems associated with UV radiation include cataracts, damage to the retina, cornea and cloudiness of the cornea.
“In Queensland, the UV Index is three or above every day, all year round.
During winter, the maximum UV Index is typically between four and seven, a range that is categorised as moderate to high UVR – which highlights why you need to protect your eyes and skin, even on a windy or cool day,” Ms McMillan said.
If you’re in the market for a new pair of eye-protectors, Ms McMillan says there are a few key features you should be looking for.
“Wrap-around, close fitting, sunglasses with maximum coverage should be worn to provide the best protection through reducing direct and reflected UV radiation and glare reaching the eyes.
“Always choose sunglasses with a clearly-labelled lens category two, three or four, rather than basic fashion spectacles, to best protect your eyes,” Ms McMillan said.
So slip, slop, slap, seek and slideee today Queenslanders.