Although National Sunnies Day is aimed at educating primary school children The Aged Care Team feel that the info below is a good message for the young or old. It's never to late to protect your eyes so wear sunglasses, wide brimmed hats, sit in shady areas, stay out of the sun between 11-4 when the sun is at its highest, be aware of smart sun care and UV rays.
What is National Sunnies Day?
National Sunnies Day is an exciting new education initiative launched by the Queensland Eye Institute. Now in its second year, National Sunnies Day aims to raise awareness and funds to help eliminate blindness from our community.
National Sunnies Day has been designed to actively engage primary school students through effective communication, learning and leadership through the distribution of materials in the subject of science through a five year planned roll-out throughout Australian schools.
Who does it help?
As well as offering educational opportunities and encouraging awareness about good eye care in the community, National Sunnies Day has an important fundraising component.
All proceeds raised from merchandise sales and fundraising activities for National Sunnies Day will go directly to the Prevent Blindness Foundation to help continue research, education and clinical care being done at the Queensland Eye Institute to prevent blindness and preserve sight now and in the future. This is to introduce the National Sunnies Day message about the importance of protecting your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays from an early age. http://nationalsunniesday.pbf.org.au/
Facts - Did you know?
- Eye disease and blindness are major problems that remain heavily under treated in Australia.
- Australians not only have a
high rate of skin cancer and melanoma, but also many diseases of the eye
are also caused by the sun.
- Over half a million
(575,000) Australians have vision loss, the prevalence of which increase
with each decade over the age of 40. The most common are uncorrected refractive error, cataract,
glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration.
- We are all at risk of losing
of our vision however, most vision problems are caused by conditions that
are either treatable or preventable.
- The older we become, the more susceptible we are.
- Loss of sight in children
can occur in many ways – through retinopathy/ prematurity, congenital
or eye cancer.
- Increasing evidence suggests
that a significant cause of eye damage is through excessive exposure to
the sun’s ultra-violet rays.
- Most people receive significant sun exposure in their early years.
- Exposure to sunlight has been associated with cataracts, pterygia (pron. terr-idge-ia) and causing both cancer and pre-cancerous conditions on the eye’s surface.
- A study has shown that children who live their childhood in Brisbane are much more likely to develop pterygium than children who grow up in Melbourne.
- The health costs associated with treating eye disease are enormous for our community.
What can you do?
- Wear not only a wide brimmed hat and sunscreen, but also sunglasses to protect your eyes while outdoors.
- Learn more about your eyes and the sun - http://www.geteyesmart.org/eyesmart/living/sun.cfm
- Stay Sun Smart - http://www.sunsmart.com.au/sun_protection
- Check that you are getting enough Vitamin D - http://www.sunsmart.com.au/vitamin-d/tracker-tool.asp
- Look after your skin - http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Ageing_the_skin
- Get involved in National Sunnies Day and help raise valuable funds for more research and education. http://nationalsunniesday.pbf.org.au/facts/