Tunbridge Wells is lapping up the sunshine this summer, and with the school holidays edging ever closer, the Specsavers team is reminding everyone about the importance of protecting your eyes from the sun both at home and while abroad. Staff at the store share their top tips for choosing the right sunglasses to protect eyes from harmful UV rays.

Eyes at risk

Opthalmic director Sonal Sharma said: ‘There are so many people who aren’t aware of the real dangers caused by too much exposure to UV rays and the impact it has on our eye health. Our eyes, as well as our skin, need protecting from the sun'.

'Excessive exposure to UV rays causes a painful irritation to the cornea at the front of the eye and, in extreme circumstances, this can lead to cancer of the cornea, age-related macular degeneration, cataracts and even blindness.’

Check for CE kite mark sunglasses

Sonal continued: ‘Invest in sunglasses that bear the CE kite mark and offer 99-100 per cent UV protection, which is indicated on labelling with the mark UV-400. Be aware that the price, darkness and tint of the sunglasses do not necessarily have a bearing on the strength of the protection offered and that labels should always be checked.

‘If you are going on holiday and have prescription sunglasses, take your prescription with you. If your sunglasses break, you should be able to use this to purchase a new pair abroad.’

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