Now that the sun has finally got his hat on in Dartford, it’s important not to overlook eye protection.
The Dartford store is reminding all residents to safeguard their sight against the sun and to remember that not all sunglasses offer adequate protection.
Store director Kam Singh, says: ‘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.
‘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.’
How can you protect yourself?
Invest in sunglasses that bear the CE kite mark and offers 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.