As the sun beats down this summer, stop and spare some time to think about protecting your eyes.
NSW Health advises you can do plenty to reduce the risk of getting cancers, permanent eye damage or even the loss of eyesight.
Sydney Eye Hospital Ophthalmologist Dr Weng Sehu said summer brings more hazardous risks to our eyes due to increased exposure to Ultraviolet (UV) radiation.
“More exposure to UV radiation can increase your risk of developing cancerous growths and accelerate the development of cataracts. And, more outdoor summer activities means a higher risk of eye injuries,” Dr Sehu said.
“One in three people aged over 65 in NSW have significant cataracts, operations to treat cataracts are the most common elective surgery in the state.”
NSW Health recommends summer eye safety tips including: