With the school holidays edging ever closer, Specsavers Dagenham is reminding its customers about the importance of protecting your eyes from the sun when at home or abroad.

Why eyes need UV protection
A huge amount of people aren’t aware of the real dangers caused by too much exposure to UV rays and the impact it has on the health of our eyes. Just like our skin, eyes need protecting from the sun. Excessive exposure to UV rays causes a painful irritation to the cornea at the front of the eye and in extreme circumstances this can lead to cancer of the cornea, age related macular degeneration, cataracts and even blindness.

So how do you protect them?
Invest in sunglasses that bear the CE kite mark and offers 99-100 per cent UV protection which is indicated on labelling with the mark UV-400. Be aware that the price, darkness and tint of the sunglasses do not necessarily have a bearing on the strength of the protection offered and that labels should always be checked.

Multiple pairs
If you are going on holiday and have prescription sunglasses, take your prescription with you. If your sunglasses break, you should be able to use this to purchase a new pair abroad.  Also, if you want to avoid having more than one pair of prescription glasses with you, consider investing in photochromic lenses that adapt to light changes and darken in bright light.

Specsavers Dagenham has a great choice of frames available in store now.  There is a great selection for everyone - from 70s retro specs, military chic to classic Hollywood cats eyes, the store is home to the latest collections from the likes of Karl Lagerfeld and Cheap Monday.

Pop into store now to learn more.

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