Beware of Cheap Sunglasses!
As we’ve seen a little bit more of the sun over the last few weeks, you might be thinking about picking up a new pair of sunglasses. There are plenty of different brands to choose from and many retailers will stock sunglasses. But when it comes to buying a new pair, you should always beware of cheap brands!
Although sunglasses are primarily worn to help you see better and shade your eyes from the sun, they actually play a vital role in protecting your eyes from UV radiation. Prolonged exposure to UV radiation can cause significant eye problems, such as cataracts, macula degeneration, pterygia, and pingueculae.
Protecting your eyes from UV Radiation
When you’re out enjoying the sunshine, you’re always being exposed to solar radiation. This is particularly harmful to the eyes, so wearing a good pair of sunglasses will help block 100% of the suns UV radiation. Interestingly, your eyes still need protection when it’s cloudy, because the sun’s damaging UV rays can penetrate cloud cover. And many of our contact lens wearers say they need sunglasses a lot of the time.
But not all sunglasses block 100% of UV rays. Particularly cheap pairs of sunglasses as they don’t give protection from harmful radiation from the sun. That’s why you should always check that the sunglasses you are buying have a UV rating of at least 400; which then blocks up to 100% of the sun’s radiation.
At Focus Medical Eye Centre, all of our prescription sunglasses will protect your eyes from 100% of the UV rays on sunny days. We are stockists of Maui Jim sunglasses, which have the Seal of Recommendation from The Skin Cancer Foundation; a well-known symbol of safe and effective sun protection. We also sell Ray-Bans and Cocoa Mint sunglasses which are also of the highest quality.
Looking for New Sunglasses this Summer?
If you’re looking for new sunglasses this summer, come and visit us at Focus Medical Eye Centre. If you’re not sure what pair of sunglasses you’re looking for, then we can help. It’s not just designer brands like Maui Jim and Ray-Ban we stock – there are so many more to choose from! And most of the branded and designer sunglasses can also have prescription lenses retro-fitted. So if you are a spectacle wearer, then we still have you covered!
If you’re in Hailsham, Horam, Heathfield, Polegate, or Herstmonceux, plus anywhere in the surrounding areas, then please get in touch. We would love to see you and help you choose your new pair of sunglasses. Please give us a call to check if you need to book an appointment to come and see us. We’re also available by phone or email if you have any questions about any of the sunglasses lines we stock.