At this time of year, locals flock to buy sunglasses, but many are still unaware of the importance of UV protection and the consumer symbols they should be looking for when buying them.
Prolonged exposure of your eyes to UV has been linked to cataracts, macular degeneration and even some types of eye cancer.
Zander McNaughton, store director at Specsavers in Falkirk and Grangemouth, said: ‘While many people understand the damage UV rays can cause to the skin, fewer appreciate the damage they can cause to your eyes.
‘Before you buy a pair of cheap sunnies make sure they provide adequate protection – not all do! Sunglasses don’t need to be expensive but they should always conform to the agreed safety standards. Look out for CE (European Community Standard), BSEN1836 (British Standard) or UV400 markings and aim for a pair that offers 80 percent light reduction.
‘The team here at Specsavers are more than happy to check any sunglasses in store to test the UV factor and provide any further advice if needed.’
Hey fever tips
Zander is also reminding people to stay equipped to minimise the effect of hay-fever. He added: ‘The main thing to remember is never to rub or scratch your eyes, difficult as it is, as this will only aggravate the allergy.
‘Make sure to have your usual eye drops ready, and if you have an idea of when the hay fever will kick in, you can start using the drops a few weeks in advance to help reduce inflammation from airborne pollens.’