With a heatwave predicted to sweep the nation this weekend, Specsavers in Hoddesdon is urging local residents to protect their eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays by getting their sunglasses checked in store. This Friday local specs wearers will flock to buy sunglasses to shield their eyes, but many are still unaware of the consumer symbols they should be looking out for, and as a result could be putting their sight in danger. 

Vital protection against eye damage
Lee Jobson-Fowle, store director at Specsavers in Hoddesdon, says: ‘Many are unaware that ordinary fashionable sunglasses without the correct CE marks could threaten sight more than not wearing sunglasses at all. This is due to the dark lenses causing 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. 

‘Those most at risk of damage are children, as they have larger pupils and clearer lenses in the eye than adults allowing more UV to penetrate. Kids should wear sunglasses as soon as they will keep them on, which is normally from around the age of two. 

Get in the know
‘Residents should make sure to look out for the CE kite mark and that sunglasses are marked UV400. Cheaper glasses generally do not have these marks and might not provide the essential protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

‘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.’

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