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Prioritising Eye Health on the Sunshine Coast

Last Updated: September 30, 2023
Prioritising Eye Health on the Sunshine Coast

Embarking on a move to Queensland is an exciting venture. However, with its abundant sunshine and the occasional intrusion of abrasive elements like sand and dust, Queensland’s Sunshine Coast can present unique challenges. Almost half of Queensland adults reported sunburn in 2020, with the Queensland UV index being three or above year-round.
Prioritising Eye Health on the Sunshine Coast

This UV index is high enough to cause UV damage after only 10 minutes of exposure, so it’s not surprising that eye health is an additional paramount concern among Queenslanders. The Australian Bureau of Statistics reports 411,000 and 244,000 Australians with cataracts and macular degeneration, respectively, two of the most common visual impairments caused by sun exposure.

These numbers don’t mean navigating this scenic paradise is impossible. You can ensure the longevity of your visual faculties on the Sunshine Coast in different ways. Here are three essential tips to get you started.

Choose proper swimming goggles.

The Sunshine Coast is home to several surf spots where children and adults can enjoy the water and shore. While wearing swimming goggles before diving in is common practice, not many people know whether their eyewear is maximising its protective potential. For one, swim goggles that are not properly fitted can cause water leakage, possibly resulting in eye irritation and other injuries. Improperly fitted goggles can also compress orbital vasculature and restrict blood flow, which can be dangerous, especially for people with glaucoma.

To prevent this, purchase your swim goggles from a reputable store where staff members can assist you in properly fitting your eyewear. A reputable store can also ensure that your goggles have appropriate ultraviolet (UV) protection. For instance, goggles from Speedo, which was born on the famous Bondi Beach in 1928, come with polycarbonate lenses that feature UV400 protection so you can enjoy safe and crystal-clear vision underwater.

Shield your eyes with sunglasses

The Sunshine Coast lives up to its name, boasting an abundance of sunshine throughout the year. Hence, protecting your eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays is essential even outside the water. Opting for high-quality sunglasses is the first step towards safeguarding your vision. You can easily find a wide range of designs in renowned retail stores, so consider making a detour to the OPSM branches at Sunshine Plaza or Kawana Shoppingworld before stopping by the beach.

You can choose among the selection of polarised sunglasses, including the classic Oakley Holbrook, to reduce glare from water and sand as you enjoy the coast’s scenic beauty. If you were to enjoy a day in town, however, then you can easily opt for the stylish Prada PR 50ZS or Versace VE4361 Biggie. These wider lenses can tastefully shield your eyes from UVA and UVB rays while going perfectly with your outfit.

Know your nearest eye hospital

While we hope for the best, preparing for unforeseen emergencies is wise. A quick reference to the nearest eye hospital can make all the difference when timely intervention is required. Thankfully, the Sunshine Coast boasts a range of reputable healthcare facilities, from Eden Private Hospital to Noosa Hospital, offering ophthalmologic services. Having this knowledge at your fingertips can provide peace of mind, especially if you or a loved one encounters an eye emergency.

Otherwise, maintaining regular eye check-ups is a fundamental aspect of preserving your vision. There is a growing prevalence of chronic eye conditions among Australians, and regular check-ups can help detect and address issues early. This could prevent long-term damage to your eyesight.

Prioritising your vision health is easy as long as you follow the tips above. Proper preparation and care for your eyes will ensure that your time on the Sunshine Coast is as clear and vibrant as the scenery around you.