Eye Health in the Mountains

Eye Health in the Mountains

Information about the risks associated with your eyes, UV and the mountains

Eye Health in the Mountains 

Eye Health in the Mountains

Serene and beautiful as they often appear, mountain environments present a potential serious risk to eye health.

At higher altitudes, even that of the higher UK hills, the degree of UV light exposure is considerably greater and this is particularly true where snow surfaces act to reflects UV.

High thin cloud allows easy penetration of UV and levels are only safe on very overcast days.

Repeated sort term UV unprotected eye exposure will generally cause cosmetically unpleasing yellowing of the whites of the eyes (Pinguecula) and strongly contribute to the sight damaging development of inner lens clouding (Cataract) and retinal degenerative changes (Macula Degeneration). Life threatening UV induced Melanoma is also a possibility.

Top quality sports sunglasses that cut out 100% of UV light are an important requirement, the lenses of which should be of Polycarbonate or Trivex material and provide impact safety in the event of an impact in the event of a fall.

Polycarbonate has the advantage of being completely UV safe even when not tinted, making the choice of lens tint more flexible.

Polarised tints are useful for the elimination of surface reflexions and frames that are close fitting or have an inner gasket construction are helpful in high wind or spindrift.

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