Bexhill opticians offers summer sun advice

With Bexhill enjoying some sunshine, and with the school holidays edging ever closer, the team is reminding everyone about the importance of protecting your eyes from the sun when at home or abroad. Staff at the Bexhill store share their top tips for choosing the right sunglasses to protect eyes from harmful UV rays.

Eyes at risk

Store director Rob Lofting said: ‘A huge amount of people aren’t aware of the real dangers caused by too much exposure to UV rays and the impact it has on the health of our eyes. Our eyes, as well as our skin, need protecting from the sun. Excessive exposure to UV rays causes a painful irritation to the cornea at the front of the eye and in extreme circumstances this can lead to cancer of the cornea, age related macular degeneration, cataracts and even blindness’.

Look for CE kite mark sunglasses

Rob continued: ‘This is paramount for the whole family’s eye health: 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.

‘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.’

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