Optos urges skiers to consider eye health

Feb 11, 2013

Optos is urging skiers to ensure they take care of their eyesight while on the slopes this winter, according to their latest press release.

Optos is urging skiers to ensure they take care of their eyesight while on the slopes this winter, according to their latest press release.

Skiing involves extended exposure to the sun's UV rays, which has been linked to eye damage such as cataracts and macular degeneration. Optos stresses it is important to wear the correct protective eyewear, as well as clothing and headgear.

The Optomap retinal imaging device can be utilised to capture an ultra-wide digital image to monitor retinal changes. This could help with earlier diagnosis of eye conditions caused by exposure to UV rays.

Roy Davis, CEO of Optos, commented, "The message on the importance of protecting our skin from over exposure to the sun has raised significant awareness in recent years. However, information about UV damage to the eyes is not as prevalent."

"Clinical research has found chronic effects from the sun can lead to photokeratitis commonly known as 'snow blindness'," he added, "Optometrists recommend UV protective ski goggles on the slopes and having a regular eye exam that includes a comprehensive retinal examination using technology such as Optomap.”

For further details please visit www.optomap.com

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