Local Optometrist Brian Kim is encouraging residents in Wynnum to keep their eye health front of mind as the weather warms up, as new research commissioned by Specsavers has found that 24% of Aussies, the equivalent of 2,404 people in the Wynnum area, rarely or never wear sunglasses when outside during the day.

Specsavers Wynnum West Optometrist, Brian Kim is encouraging Wynnum locals to use sun protection, especially for their eyes, as even five minutes of sun exposure can lead to permanent damage.

Mr Brian Kim, Says:

“We all need to be aware that even the shortest amount of time spent in the sun can lead to permanent damage if we’re not properly protected. This applies to your eyes too – as sun damage can lead to vision impairment. Making sure you’re protecting your whole body including your eyes and being sun safe particularly from October to March is essential.”

“We encourage good sun safe habits. The most important thing is to follow the SunSmart guidelines - slip, slop, slap, seek and slide. When you’re outside, slip on sun protective clothing, slop on SPF 30 or higher sunscreen, slap on a hat, seek shade and, slide on sunglasses that provide UV protection.”

Brian’s top tips for preventing sun damage of the eyes:

  • Apply sunscreen on your eyelids and around your eyes: While the eyelid is designed to protect the eye, the skin is very thin and contains fragile tissues that can be damaged by UV light so it’s important to make sure you apply sunscreen to your eyelids and reapply it every two hours.
  • Wear a broadbrimmed hat: This will not only provide protection to your head but also your eyes, nose, ears and neck.
  • Wear sunglasses that have UV protection: Sun exposure damage can affect the eyelids and external eye as well as the retina at the back of the eye. For the best kind of protection, buy sunglasses that have polarised lenses as they provide superior vision in bright light, by eliminating 99.9% of horizontal glare, while also providing 100% UV protection.
  • Be mindful of the amount of time you spend in the sun: The longer you spend outside, the higher your chance of experiencing sun damage. If you know you will be spending a long period outside, try to spend most of it in a shaded area.
  • Understand your family history: If you have a family history of melanoma or skin cancer, you could be at higher risk of developing those conditions.
  • Get your eyes tested regularly: The best way to understand if your eyes are healthy and free from damage is to visit your local optometrist. At Specsavers, we recommend that you get your eyes tested every two years, or every year if you’re over the age of 65.

Specsavers includes an advanced OCT 3D eye scan as part of every eye test – hospital-grade technology that allows optometrists to detect eye conditions earlier. Early detection of most eye conditions can prevent vision loss and blindness and for most people. It's advisable to have an eye test every two years.

Specsavers Wynnum West is open 7 days a week.

Book an appointment online or call us on (07) 3348 2043 for more information.

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