With summer here and holidays edging ever closer, Specsavers are reminding you about the importance of protecting your eyes against the sun whilst at home or abroad.

Specsavers spokesperson, Dr Nigel Best’s shares top tips for choosing the right sunglasses to protect eyes from harmful UV rays.

Eyes at risk

Dr Nigel Best, said: ‘A huge amount of people just aren’t aware of the very real dangers of too much exposure to UV rays on the health of our eyes.'

Too much sun

'Now is the ideal time of year to make the public aware of the dangers. Excessive exposure to UV rays causes a painful irritation to the cornea at the front of the eye. In extreme circumstances this can lead to cancer of the cornea, age related macular degeneration, cataracts and even blindness.'

CE kite mark sunglasses

To prevent this, invest in sunglasses that bear the CE kite mark and offer 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.

Travelling abroad

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.

Reactive lenses

If you want to avoid having more than one pair of glasses consider investing in photochromic lenses that adapt to light changes, darkening in bright light.

Replacing your lenses

If high quality sunglasses are purchased in the first place, and looked after properly, they can last for many years. If either the lenses or frame were become damaged then replacement may be necessary.

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