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Choosing the right sunglasses

29 April, 2015
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Everyone loves the sun and what better way to mark the start of the summer than to treat yourself to a new pair of sunglasses.

There are plenty of styles and shapes around but it is important to choose a size that is in proportion with your face. Specsavers Chelmsford offers a huge range of frames, some which can now be fitted with non-prescription lenses.

Polarised lenses will cut the amount of glare caused by the sun, while photochromic lenses adapt to light conditions, for comfortable vision in bright light and shade plus 100% UV protection.

Pat Cooper at Specsavers said: ‘Sunglasses are a really important part of everyone’s summer wardrobe. ‘As well as causing damage to the eyes, sunlight also ages the skin around them. The natural reaction to bright sunlight is for us to screw up our eyes, straining the surrounding facial muscles. This causes temporary crow’s feet, which become permanent once the skin’s elastin fibres become damaged by exposure to UV rays.’

Specsavers Chelmsford offers tips for summer:

• Always use effective sun protection both for prescription and non-prescription glasses¹

• Ensure your lenses bear the CE kite mark and are UV400 effective. Specsavers stores can run a free UV check

• Wear your sunglasses even on days with cloud and sun, as UV rays penetrate cloud

• Try to avoid the sun between 10am and 2pm, when UV rays are most intense

• Wear big lenses for even more protection

• Invest in photochromic lenses that instantly adapt to light changes, darkening in bright light

• Add polarised lenses to decrease the amount of glare in the mountains, around the pool which can dazzle and strain your vision, but be aware that they make it more difficult to distinguish the detailed surface of the snow when skiing

• Wear sunglasses over your contact lenses even if they have UV protection because they do not cover the whole of your eye

• Ensure that your sunglasses fit properly before you travel

• If you are going on holiday and have prescription sunglasses, take your opticians phone number with you. If your sunglasses break, your optician can send your prescription to an optician near you so you can get new ones abroad.

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