Many of us remember the “no hat, no play” and “slip, slop, slap” messages from our schoolyard days. The recommendations for sun safety and our skin are well documented by the Cancer Council, but many of us forget about the impact that the sun and UV can have on our eyes.

The Optical Co has a passion for helping people and loves working to improve people's eye health. Below we share some of the common questions our team answer during summer to help keep customers eyes healthy.


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How can we protect our eyes from UV?

The best way we can protect our eyes is with sunglasses, but that’s not just in summer that’s all year round. Sunglasses are great, not only do they look good and protect our eyes from UV, they also help prevent other eye conditions such as dry eyes.

Is it true polarised lenses are stronger and offer added protection?

No, polarised lenses do not provide extra UV protection though they reflect glare and provide clearer vision to people who are wearing them – especially during activities on water such as fishing.

Can contact lenses help protect my eyes from UV?

Many people don’t know this but most contact lenses have a UV protection in them which  help protect your eyes. However, it will only protect our pupils and still leave other parts of the eye exposed including the skin underneath & eyelids.

The Optical Co welcome everyone in store. So come in for a chat on UV and your eyes or book an eye test online. The team look forward to seeing you soon.