National Sunglasses Day (27th June 2016) provides a great opportunity to focus on eye safety in the sun. Specsavers in Connswater is encouraging local residents to protect their eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays by getting their sunglasses checked in store.

If in doubt get sunglasses checked

Paula Cunningham, store director at Specsavers Connswater says, ‘This summer many local specs wearers will be buying throwaway fashionable sunglasses not realising that without the correct CE marks their sight could be more endangered than by not wearing sunglasses at all. This is because the dark lenses cause our pupils to widen and let more light in, but without the UV filter, this could increase the risk of certain eye conditions over the long term.’

State-of-the-art equipment

Specsavers Connswater has state-of-the-art equipment to check the UV factor of sunglasses and are welcoming members of the local community to visit their store to test the protection provided by their current frames.

Children’s eyes especially at risk

Paula continues, ‘Children’s eyes are particularly at risk of damage, as they have larger pupils and clearer lenses in the eye than adults which allows more UV to penetrate. Kids should wear sunglasses as soon as they will keep them on, normally from around the age of two.’

Look for CE kite mark

Consumers are advised to look out for the CE kite mark and that sunglasses are marked UV400. Cheaper glasses not bearing these marks might not provide adequate protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

All styles at Specsavers

Specsavers offers a full range of prescription and non-prescription sunglasses including designer brands such as Karl Lagerfeld, Love Moschino and Max & Co with frames costing from £99 to £149. Many attractive packages are also on offer with great savings on Specsavers’ kids ranges.

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