A local focus on UV warning

Sue Allcock, Theresa Booth, Peter Bowers, Sallie-Marie Mountford & Ryan Gratton
Sue Allcock, Theresa Booth, Peter Bowers, Sallie-Marie Mountford & Ryan Gratton

Peter Bowers Optometrists on the High Street has joined independent opticians all over the country hosted a UV fun day on Saturday 27th July as part of a national campaign “JUL-EYE” crusade to highlight the health dangers of neglecting your eyes.

In addition to offering tips and advice on UV protection, they ran an EYE-Q quiz to discover how much Stone people really know about eye health and UV protection.

Peter Bowers said he wanted to spread the crucial message about the importance of protecting your eyes against the sun even on a cloudy day.

“What many people don’t realise is that, unless sunglasses or clear glasses providing a UV barrier on the front and back of the lens are worn, the surface of the eye can suffer sunburn in just the same way as the skin, with cataracts and even blindness the possible result.”

He added that children were particularly susceptible to UV damage because their pupils were larger than adults’ and their lenses clearer, which meant their young eyes were less effective as natural filters.

“An eye examination, which should be held at least once every two years, are about much more than checking sight. It can be critically important in identifying damage caused by exposure to the ultra violet rays emitted by the sun.

“They can also provide a vital early warning of problems that undetected can have potentially serious consequences, for example diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol that could lead to cardiovascular disease. Sadly, national statistics show one in three parents have never had their children’s eyes examined.”