At this time of the year many shoppers are dashing to buy themselves a new pair of sunglasses, but many of them don’t know what symbols they should be looking for to make sure their eyes are properly protected from the sun. 

The Specsavers team in Macclesfield is warning local residents about the potential risk of buying throwaway-fashion sunglasses which could do more harm than good.

What do the symbols mean?

Peter Scott, store director at Specsavers Macclesfield explains: ‘Many people are unaware that throwaway-fashionable sunglasses without the correct CE marks could endanger sight more than 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.

‘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.

‘Consumers need to ensure that they 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.

‘Short term exposure to UV rays can cause photo keratitis, painful inflammation on the front of the eye. Excessive long term UV exposure has been linked to eye conditions such as age related macular degeneration and cataracts.’

Get the right protection

Specsavers launched its first ever range of non-prescription sunglasses last year, featuring significant discounts for contact lens users.

The fashion forward collection features styles from designer brands including Karl Lagerfeld, Love Moschino and Max & Co., with frames costing from £99 to £149. Shoppers purchasing contact lenses at Specsavers can make savings of up to 43% off the price of non-prescription sunglasses.

The all-inclusive package means customers can choose a pair of glasses from Specsavers’ £45 range or designer frames from just £35, and receive full aftercare, future sight tests as recommended by our opticians plus delivery of lenses and cleaning solutions at no extra cost.

At Specsavers all under-16s get a free NHS eye test. All glasses in Specsavers’ kids’ £64 and teens’ £85 ranges are free with under-16s’ NHS funding.

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