Summer puts a new focus on eye health
This summer local specs wearers will flock to buy sunglasses to shield their eyes from the sun, but many are still unaware of the consumer symbols they should be looking out for to make sure they have the right level of , and as a result could be putting their sight in danger.
Beware of throwaway-fashion sunnies
Diane Wood, store director at Specsavers in Hyde says: ‘Many 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 UV400 filtered. Cheaper glasses not bearing these marks might not provide adequate protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Stay safe in the sun
‘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.’
At Specsavers all under-16s are covered by the NHS for their sight test and can get two free pairs of prescription glasses, if preferred, one of these pairs can be made into prescription sunglasses.
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