Monday 22 January 2018

Sponsored Feature: Protect your eyes this summer ... make sure your sunglasses fit

As spring turns to summer, most of us are likely to wear sun screen to protect our skin from the rays, but how many people think about protecting their eyes?

Specsavers is urging people to remember to take care of their eyes when they are outdoors, by wearing good quality sunglasses.

Noel Meehan, chairman of Specsavers in Ireland, says: “Excessive exposure to UV rays can cause a painful irritation to the cornea at the front of the eye. In the long term this can greatly increase the risk of developing more serious, even sight-threatening conditions.”

He adds: “Good quality sunglasses not only protect your sight but can also help prevent premature ageing. Choose bigger styles, which stop sunlight creeping in around the sides and protect the sensitive skin around the eyes.”

Specsavers stocks a large selection of styles that are perfect for prescription sunglasses and offers a wide range of lens colour tints – brown, grey or green are best for sunglasses. Blue, pink and yellow are also available. Some colours are not safe for driving, so check first with your optician. Throughout the summer, Specsavers is offering free reaction lenses, along with 2 for 1 on prescription sunglasses.

Follow these top tips from Specsavers to protect your eyes when enjoying the weather this summer:

1. Check sunglasses comply with UNE-EN 1836:2006 + A1:2008 or bear the CE kite mark and are marked UV 400.

2. If you already have sunglasses, take them into your optician to be UV tested. All Specsavers stores offer this service.

3. Invest in photochromic lenses that instantly adapt to light changes, darkening in bright light. Alternatively, get prescription lenses tinted to minimize the amount of UV rays that reach your eyes.

4. By adding polarized lenses you can decrease the amount of glare, which can dazzle and strain your vision; particularly useful when you are participating in outdoor sports.

5. For driving, Specsavers UltraDrive lenses provide excellent eye protection in bright light by blocking out all UV light and up to 95% of blue light, making colours appear sharper.

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