Last week during the heatwave, staff at Specsavers Shepherds Bush donned their finest sunglasses to celebrate International Sunglasses Day.

The day is the brainchild of The Vision Council and is a commemorative date held annually on 27 June to celebrate the importance of wearing shades to protect your eyes from the sun’s harsh ultraviolet (UV) rays.

Here are some top tips for protecting your eyes in the sun in line with guidelines set out by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) who support people with sight loss:

  • Ensure sunglasses hold the CE kite mark and are effective for UV400.
  • Just because it is cloudy UV rays can still come through, so keep those sunshades on.
  • If you wear contact lenses, it is still vital to wear sunglasses because the lenses will not protect from the UV.
  • As with sunbathing, the sun is at it's strongest between 10am and 2pm so this is the best time to avoid it
  • Invest in a good pair of glasses that have photochromic lenses which are light-sensitive and will constantly adapt as the light changes.

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