During one of the hottest summers on record, a local optician is advising residents on how to protect their eyes from the sun.

Conforming to safety standards

Many locals are unaware of the importance of UV protection and the consumer symbols they should be looking for when buying sunglasses. Prolonged exposure of your eyes to UV has been linked to cataracts, macular degeneration and even some types of eye cancer.

Gail Thompson, store director at Specsavers in Paisley, 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.’

Hay fever advice

As well as sunglasses advice, Specsavers in Paisley is also reminding people to stay equipped to minimise the effect of hay-fever. Gail 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.

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