The team at Leamington Spa Specsavers raised £100 for the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) charity initiative to mark National Sunglasses Day on Wednesday 27 June.

The RNIB’s #ShadesForSight campaign aims to raise awareness of protecting your eyes by wearing sunglasses. To help fundraise for the charity, customers were able to take part in a raffle with the chance of winning a hamper of goodies, as well as guessing the number of sunglasses in the box. The person who guessed correctly received a pair of single vision prescription sunglasses. The team also carried out specs MOTs (cleaning and adjustments) in return for donations.

A word from the store director 

‘It’s really important to look after your eyes in the sunshine so we wanted to get behind this campaign and raise some money for RNIB at the same time,’ said store director, Lena Thakor. ‘The team was also on hand to answer any questions people had about looking after their eyes and protecting them from harmful UV rays. We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who came down on the day.’

The importance of sunglasses 

Nearly half of all cases of sight loss are preventable and that is why protecting your eyes by wearing sunglasses is so important this summer. It will help to prevent the harmful rays in sunlight from damaging your eyes, which can then increase the risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Sunglasses don’t need to be expensive but they should always conform to the agreed safety standards. Look out for a CE (European Community Standard), BSEN1836 (British Standard) or UV400 markings and aim for a pair that offers 80 per cent light reduction.

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