PSA: This Sunscreen Mistake Can Lead To Melanoma

Aussies seem to be pretty well informed when it comes to slipping, slopping and slapping, but there's one especially sensitive place we're forgetting.

According to eye experts, the one major mistake when applying sunscreen is missing the eyelids.



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OPSM eyecare experts say because it’s difficult to put sunscreen close to the eyes, we often leave the area exposed to harmful UV rays.

The damage caused by UV rays is often irreversible and your most delicate skin around the eyes is the most susceptible to sun damage.

This can result in serious issues like melanoma.

"Whilst the eyelid is designed to protect the eye, its skin is exceedingly thin and contains many fragile tissues that may be injured by UV light,” OPSM's Peter Murphy said.

Eye experts have reminded people ahead of Summer to protect their eyelids from UV rays. Image: Getty

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So as you go out into the harsh Aussie sun this Summer, please remember to cover and protect your eyelids, with sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat!