Specsavers stores are warning parents and carers across Hampshire to take sun protection seriously for kids this summer – and that includes making getting an effective pair of sunglasses a priority, whether prescription or non-prescription.

While there are a huge number of different brands and designs on the market, the most important thing is making sure that they have an adequate level of UV protection.

Check the label

When buying sunglasses for yourself or your child, it is important to check the label or markings for a CE (European Community Standard), BSEN1836 (British Standard) or UV400 – and to aim for a pair that offer 80% light reduction.

Even on cloudier days, our eyes can be exposed to UV radiation, so wearing sunglasses even on those days is crucial for children and adults.

A word from the expert

Specsavers clinical spokesperson Dr Nigel Best says: ‘While many people understand the damage UV rays can cause to skin, fewer appreciate the damage they can cause to your eyes.

‘Before you buy a pair of cheap sunnies make sure they provide adequate protection – not all do. Sunglasses don’t need to be expensive but they should always conform to agreed safety standards.’

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