With a heatwave predicted to sweep the nation this weekend, Specsavers in Thetford 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.
Specsavers Thetford has state-of-the-art equipment to check the UV factor of sunglasses and are welcoming members of the local community to visit their store to test the protection provided by their current frames.
Paul Clark, store director at Specsavers in Thetford, says: ‘Many are unaware that everyday fashionable sunglasses without the correct CE marks could risk their eye health more than not wearing sunglasses at all. This is because the dark lenses cause 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.
‘Children’s eyes are particularly at risk of damage, as they have larger pupils and clearer lenses in the eye than adults which allows more UV to penetrate. Kids should wear sunglasses as soon as they will keep them on, normally from around the age of two.'
What to look out for
Paul continues: ‘Everyone should be looking out for the CE kite mark and that sunglasses are marked UV400. Cheaper glasses without these marks may not provide adequate 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.’