Sun Protection

Protecting your eyes against the Perth sun

 

Australia has one of the highest UV ratings in the world — and a world-high skin cancer rating to go with it. The Perth sun is famously (or, perhaps infamously) scorching, and our bodies can take significant damage as a result. You probably already know about protective clothing and using sunscreen, but being sun safe doesn’t just apply to our exposed skin. Eye protection is crucial all year-round, and at summer draws near, it’s even more important to protect them.

 

Scary sun statistics

In 2020, Spec Savers commissioned research* and found that 6 out of 10 Australian’s aren’t aware that the sun can permanently damage eyes by causing things like cataracts, cancer, or macular degeneration. The study uncovered that, although 92% of people are worried about long-term sun damage to their body, the eyes were usually forgotten. A slim 35% of Australians were concerned about the long-term damage to their eyes from the effects of the sun. This is particularly alarming because in Australia, we’re at risk of sun damage to the eyes even when it’s not bright or sunny — the Perth sun is just too powerful! Further, the study found that 2 out of 5 people don’t wear sunglasses at all when outdoors — and those that did, didn’t necessarily have the right lens protection.

The truth is, eyes are extremely sensitive to sun — both its glare and UV rays are dangerous. Of course, our eyelids provide some protection, but the lids and surrounding skin is very thin with fragile tissues that are easily damaged by UV light. This exposure increases risk of serious conditions such as eyelid skin cancers, intraocular melanoma, conjunctival cancers, cataracts, macular degeneration, and more.

 

Get geared up

The effects of prolonged sun exposure to your eyes and eyelids can be devastating. Thankfully, preventing irreversible damage is really quite simple.

  1. Protect your eyes this summer with a good pair of sunglasses. At Peel Vision, we always recommend sunglasses that have polarised lenses. These provide 100% UV protection for your eyes and also eliminate glare caused by reflected light.
  2. Wear a hat. Aside from protecting the sensitive skin on your scalp, a broad-brimmed hat will also provide shade to your face, neck, ears, and eyes.
  3. Apply sunscreen to your eyelids and the surrounding skin every two hours when you’re outdoors. If you wear foundation, opt for one with some level of SPF in it — many have up to SPF30.
  4. Avoid extended periods in the sun and stay in the shade when possible.
  5. Know your family history — if members of your family have had melanoma or skin cancer, you might be at higher risk of developing those conditions too.
  6. Get your eyes tested regularly (at least once every two years); this is the best way to understand if your eyes are healthy.

 

*Research by YouGov, commissioned by Specsavers, 2020 The sample comprised a nationally representative sample 1,000 Australians aged 18+ years and older.

 

Perth Eye Hospital

When you book a surgery or procedure as a private patient with Peel Vision, it’ll occur at one of three locations — our Peel Vision clinic in Mandurah, Peel Health Campus, or Perth Eye Hospital. Where your procedure is performed depends on the type of treatment required, Dr Then’s assigned surgery dates and of course, your preference. Whatever clinic you go to, your surgery and aftercare will still be personally handled by Dr Then.

 

More on Perth Eye Hospital

Dr Then has been operating from Perth Eye Hospital since 2020. The hospital is an ophthalmic day hospital in the Perth metropolitan area.  As with surgery performed at our other locations, the personalised care at Perth Eye Hospital aims to make surgery accessible and comfortable. 

Since 1991, Perth Eye Hospital has seen thousands of patients, earning a reputation for exceptional care and outcomes, catering for the full breadth of eye and eyelid surgeries offered by Peel Vision.

Just like procedures performed at our other locations, services and personalised care at Perth Eye Hospital aim to make eye surgery accessible, comfortable, and stress-free.

 

Procedures at Perth Eye Hospital

The full range of procedures offered by Dr Then are available at Perth Eye Hospital, including cataract surgery, pterygium surgery and eye lid procedures of both functional and cosmetic nature.  If choosing to self-fund your surgery, Peel Vision and Perth Eye Hospital have partnered together to provide exceptional service at affordable prices for uninsured patient.

 

Patient Information

 

Care

Perth Eye Hospital provides a refreshing private day hospital experience. From the minute you arrive, attentive staff make your stay comfortable, relaxing, and pleasant. While you are prepared for your procedure, you can relax in lounge chairs, enjoy free WIFI, watch TV, or read the paper.

 

Travel

The Hospital is conveniently located in West Perth (42 Ord Street, West Perth), just off the Kwinana Freeway.  With onsite drop off bays, arrival and pick up for surgery is simple.  Alternatively, St John Community Transport service offer an affordable and convenient door-to-door service to ease transport worries on the day of surgery.

 

Preparation

How you prepare for surgery will depend on the type of surgery required and details discussed directly with Dr Then during your consultation.  Our team here at Peel Vision will then provide instruction for your admission to Perth Eye Hospital. 

 

Get in touch

Contact Peel Vision for more information about your upcoming Perth Eye Hospital surgery, or arrange an initial consultation to get started.