Whether you’re flying to sunnier climbs or enjoying the great beaches and outdoor space here in the south west, there are some important things to remember.

Eye protection

While we all know we need to protect our own and our child’s skin from harmful UV rays, our eyes are often forgotten about. Prolonged exposure of your eyes to UV has been linked to cataracts, macular degeneration.

So it’s particularly important that in the height of summer, you wear a pair of sunglasses that offer high levels of UV protection. Sunglasses don’t need to be expensive but they should always conform to agreed safety standards. Look out for a CE (European Community Standard), BSEN1836 (British Standard) or UV400 markings and aim for a pair that offer 80 per cent light reduction.

If in doubt

Ask one of our staff to take a look. You can also have prescription lenses in your sunglasses, making them bespoke and tailored to your vision needs. Many people do not realise that young people's eyes are often more at risk because they have bigger pupils and the lenses in the eye are clearer than an adult, hence more UV can be let in. Children aged from two should start to wear them.

It’s not just your eyes you need to look after

All that splashing around in the sea can also cause havoc for hearing and it's recommended that using swimming earplugs to prevent water from being trapped and causing swimmer’s ear or painful infections. Clear any water out of your ear by placing a paper towel at your ear while shaking your head and always steer clear of polluted or dirty water to avoid infection – you don’t want to miss out on any of the fun!

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