This International Sunglasses Day (27 June), Specsavers is encouraging everyone to pick up a pair of properly rated sunglasses to ensure they are prepared for the summer sun. Stores are also supporting the day with to raise money for RNIB’s #Shadesforsight campaign.
Specsavers clinical spokesperson Dr Nigel Best says: ‘While many people understand the damage UV rays can cause to skin, few customers appreciate the damage they can cause to your eyes. Our public health message is that prolonged exposure of the eyes to UV is linked to cataracts, macular degeneration and even some types of eye cancer.
‘We are reminding people that even on a cloudy day, when it’s unlikely they will be wearing sunglasses, the eye can be exposed to UV radiation. Our recommendation is that in the height of summer, people wear a pair of sunglasses or UV blocking contact lenses which offer high levels of UV protection.
‘We want people to check their cheaper sunnies to make sure they provide adequate protection – not all do. Check for a CE (European Community Standard), BS EN 12312-1:2013 (British Standard) or UV400 markings and aim for a pair that offer 80 per cent light reduction. Sunglasses don’t need to be expensive but they should always conform to agreed safety standards.’
‘Choose larger styles that cover more of the face as these will allow less light in at the sides, therefore increasing protection for your eyes. Wraparound styles are especially good for sports and other outdoor pursuits.’
Share, Print or Favourite