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Be sun smart: choose your sunglasses wisely

Post on 22nd May 2024

When it comes to fashion accessories, sunglasses often steal the spotlight. From classic aviators to trendy oversized frames, sunglasses not only add flair to your outfit but also protect your eyes.

Beyond just making a fashion statement, wearing sunglasses offers a myriad of benefits that extend far beyond style.

Just as our skin is susceptible to sun damage so too are our eyes. Prolonged exposure to UV light can contribute to a number of eye health conditions such as macular degeneration and cataracts. At Scrivens Opticians & Hearing Care, with more than 85 years’ experience as a leading eye care specialist in the UK, we offer our tips to those thinking of updating their sunglasses.

  1. Protection from Harmful UV Rays: Choose styles that block both UVA and UVB rays and carry the ‘CE Mark’, British Standard (BS EN ISO 12312-1:2013) and have a UV 400 label, guaranteeing 100% protection. Remember that even on dull days UV rays can penetrate thin clouds and haze so grabbing those sunglasses should not be confined to bright summer sunshine.
  2. Size Matters: For greater coverage and protection from harmful UV rays, consider oversized sunglasses or wraparound ones which help cut down on sunshine entering the eye from the side.
  3. Dark Doesn’t Mean Safe: Very dark lenses do not necessarily block more UV rays and while polarised lenses reduce glare, they do not offer more protection from the sun.
  4. Preventing Eye Strain and Fatigue: Exposure to bright sunshine can put a great deal of strain on our eyes. Squinting in the sun is not only uncomfortable but can lead to headaches and fatigue. By wearing sunglasses, you reduce the need to squint, allowing your eyes to relax and minimising the risk of strain and fatigue.
  5. Style Over Safety: Protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays does not mean you have to compromise on style. Choosing a shape that suits your face shape can be tricky, so our handy online style guide will help you find your perfect style.

Wearing sunglasses is not just a fashion statement; it’s a crucial step in safeguarding your eye health. Investing in a quality pair of sunglasses with UV protection ensures that you not only look stylish but also prioritise the long-term health of your eyes. So, the next time you step out into the sun, don’t forget to grab your shades!

If you have any concerns about your eye health, or if you are looking for a new pair of prescription sunglasses, you will find help and advice on our website or alternatively visit your local Scrivens branch.

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