In a recent survey by the UK Met Office, the official provider of the UK’s hourly UV forecasts, over a third of UK adults were not aware that overexposure to UV can lead to eye burn, macular degeneration or cataracts later in life. UV exposure to eyes can also lead to photokeratitis which can cause temporary vision loss.
Although everyone is at risk, children’s eyes do not fully develop and provide natural lens protection until the age of 12. The risk to children is also increased because they are much more likely to spend time outdoors than their parents.
Clare Nasir, Met Office meteorologist, said: “As a meteorologist and a Mum, I’m acutely aware of the damaging effects of UV. Levels of UV have been high for many weeks but it’s concerning to find out that many parents don’t realise how harmful UV can be to their child’s eyes.”
Do not leave UV exposure or the health of your children’s eyes to chance, download a UV App from the Apple App store or Google Play store. Popular Free UV apps include:
World UV App – Met Office UK/British Association of Dermatologists
EPA’s SunWide UV Index App – United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)
UV Canada App– MetaOptima Technology Inc.
SunSmart App – Cancer Council Victora and Vic Health Australia