Cool air can be deceptive at this time of year
28th April 2021
The UK’s Spring weather has yet to really warm up but the sun is getting much higher in the sky and the risk of sun burn is now ever-present. It’s time to think about UV protection and have sun screen on and wear sunglasses when you’re out and about.
The UV Index usually provided with weather reports is on a scale from 1-10. The higher the index, the more intense and dangerous to your health the solar radiation is. When the UV Index reaches 3 or more – even on cloudy days – wearing sun screen and sunglasses is vital, especially for children. One in five people will get skin cancer in their lifetime and that includes cancer of the eyelids. It is estimated that 90% of the new cases of skin cancer each year are preventable if we just took sensible safety measures.
It’s worth remembering that our eyes are ten times more sensitive to UV light than our skin and children’s eyes are at the greatest risk of UV damage, so protection from UV by wearing good quality (UV400 rated) sunglasses when outdoors in the Spring and Summer is essential to avoid long term eye damage from UVR.