Look after your eyes in the sun

2nd July 2023

Items laid out to pack for holiday

Where are you going on your holidays this year?  Make sure your sunglasses are UV protected as the sun can burn your eyes.  Prolonged sun exposure could increase your risk of developing cataracts and macular degeneration in future years.

Below are some helpful tips to protect your eyes as not all sunglasses offer UV protection:

  • When buying sunglasses always look for the UV 400 mark to ensure they will protect your eyes from harmful UVA and UVB rays.
  • Look for the CE mark which indicates the sunglasses meet European Standards.
  • Don’t be tempted to buy fake sunglasses as these often provide little or no UV protection from the sun.
  • Make sure the sunglasses fit your face perfectly so there is no slippage which means no pushing them back up your nose.

Remember that contact lenses with a UV filter do not offer full protection from the sun.  A pair of sunglasses are still essential to give your eyes the protection they require.

To get stylish sunglasses that also protect you from dangerous rays, call into our practice.  Our Dispensing Opticians will be happy to help you choose a pair of sunglasses that are the right frame shape for your face and that will sit comfortably to offer you the best protection from the sun’s rays.

The Gordon Turner Optometrists Team