With the sunny season upon us and lockdown laws easing, many of us will be looking forward to adding a pair of sunglasses to our summer wardrobes.

However, whilst sunglasses are often chosen based on their stylishness, it’s important to remember they also protect our eyes against the harmful impact of ultraviolet rays.

Fortunately, Specsavers opticians in Buckinghamshire are to hear to tell you why sunglasses are so important.

Unchecked exposure to UV rays can cause damage to eyes

Leaving your eyes unprotected from UV rays can be dangerous and lead to a number of eye health conditions.

Exposure to UV rays in the short term can lead to difficulties such as photo keratitis - a painful inflammation on the front of the eye, whilst in the long term, excessive UV exposure has been linked to more severe eye conditions, such as age related macular degeneration and cataracts.

In particular, children’s eyes are especially at risk of damage, as they have larger pupils and clearer lenses in the eye than adults, which allows more UV to penetrate.

How to protect eyes in the sun

•             Always use eye sun protection

•             Lenses should be UV400 effective

•             Make sure that your sunglasses fit. Don’t let them slide down your nose

•             Polarised lenses offer protection from glare, which is especially useful when driving

•             Sunglasses that restrict side vision are hazardous when walking in snow or driving

•             Supersize your lenses so that less light will filter in through the sides

•             UV protection contact lenses do not cover the whole eye, so wear sunglasses too

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