Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Summer Sun a Danger to Your Eyes as Well

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Summer Sun a Danger to Your Eyes as Well

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WITH the summer season upon us, many Australians will be hitting the beaches with their families and friends.

Most Australians understand the link between ultraviolet (UV) radiation and skin cancer, al- though many of us are less aware of the connection between UV radiation and eye damage.

This week, Surf Life Saving Coffs Harbour joined Specsavers to encourage residents to take particular care of their eyes when in the sun this summer.

As strong supporters of the local Surf Life Saving Club, the team at Specsavers Coffs Park Beach invited a team of young lifesavers to the store to help raise awareness about the importance of high quality UV eye protection.

Elaine Walsh, co-owner for Specsavers Optometrists in Coffs Harbour, said "Aussies, especially surf lifesavers, have grown up with the 'slip slop slap' message. However, many people are forgetting about their eyes. As the summer season hits, we're calling on everyone to make sure they invest in prescription sunglasses or UV tints for their lenses. …

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