The Importance of Looking After Your Eyes on Sunny Holidays

By Camille Poire | BLOG

Nov 24
importance of looking after your eyes on sunny holidays

Whilst a pair of sunglasses may not give you the ideal tan lines you would like, and a sun hat might not pair perfectly with your outfit, they both serve a greater purpose. Not only do they protect your skin, but they also decrease the likelihood of your eyes becoming damaged whilst you’re abroad in a sunny, bright climate.


You must always put your health first, particularly your eyes, even when you’re relaxing and enjoying yourself, as the potential consequences are not worth the risk. For further tips on how to look after your eyes whilst travelling, check out the advice from All About Vision via the link. Now, let’s delve into why it's important to look after your eyes when you’re abroad.

Avoid the Worsening of Current Eye Conditions

If you currently experience problems with your eyes, whether it be sensitivity or dry eyes, being exposed to the sun without adequate protection is only going to make the issue worse. Really, if your eyes are suffering you should try to stay in the shade where possible, or at the very least gear up with protective sunglasses and a hat.

woman wearing sunglasses and sun hat on holiday

Avoid Premature Aging

As we are all aware, the sun causes our skin to age before its time, and our eyes are no exception to this. The skin around our eyes is thinner and more delicate than the rest of our face, meaning that it is more susceptible to powerful UV rays.

As well as this, with the squinting that is often accompanied by being out in the sun, our chances of getting crow’s feet are increased. Make sure that the sunglasses you wear have sufficient UV protection, with a minimum of UV400.

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Avoid Sunburn or "Photokeratitis"

Yes, as well as our skin, our eyes are also at risk of becoming sunburnt. Whilst it doesn’t usually last longer than a couple of days, photokeratitis, as it is scientifically called, is uncomfortable, to say the least, and will cause you to become extra sensitive to sunlight. This may come along with other possible side effects, including pain, swelling, and blurry vision.

eye problems

Prevent Cataracts

Although cataracts are usually found mostly in older people, too much sun exposure can be put down as a reason for them, and can even bring them on prematurely. The more sunlight your eyes are subjected to, the more likely cataracts are to form.

This is the same for various eye problems, including macular degeneration. These conditions can impact your vision, and in the worst cases, trigger blindness. That’s not to say you need to run for cover each time the sun appears, but just be mindful. Protect your skin and eyes where possible, and don’t overdo your time in the sunlight.

Final Words

Remember: Everything in moderation!

All in all, make sure to have regular breaks from the sun, try not to spend too much time directly in the sunlight between 11am and 2pm, and always wear the right sun protection. As well, never look directly at the sun! You’ll be thankful you took these tips on board in the long run.

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About the Author

Hey, I'm Camille! I'm a 30-something "ex-French" girl turned world explorer. In 2013, I quit my life to travel the world - and I haven’t stopped since! I have lived in the UK, South Korea, Thailand, and Colombia, and have visited 50+ countries as a location-independent travel writer and affiliate marketer. I like sleeping in hammocks, riding scooters, eating all the foods, and scaring my mother trying adventure sports! I now share this journey with my nomadic boyfriend Mr B, with whom I recently bought a home base in the mountains of Bansko, Bulgaria.

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