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Stay cool when it comes to UV light

Summer is finally here and that means one thing – sunshine and hopefully plenty of it!

While the glorious summer rays do provide us with ample opportunity to bask in the heat with some refreshments, it can also bring with it increased UV exposure and too much of that can be harmful to our eyes.

Extended exposure to the sun’s UV rays without appropriate eye protection has been linked to eye damage such as temporary or permanent vision loss.

Macular degeneration and cataracts are some of the eye conditions linked with excessive UV exposure.

Sunglasses don’t just make you look cool, they’re also essential for protecting your eyes from harmful UV exposure.

So whether you’re at home or jetting off on your holidays, remember to wear sunglasses to help reduce the amount of UV exposure to your eyes and protect your vision.

Effective sunglasses should block 100% of UV rays and frames with a close-fitting wraparound style provide the best protection as they limit how much stray sunlight reaches your eyes from above and around your sunglass lenses.

When purchasing sunglasses always select a pair which features the CE mark, UV 400 or British Standard markings as this lets you know they will provide a safe level of protection for your eyes.

While some contact lenses provide UV protection they do not cover your whole eye, so you still need sunglasses.

Wearing a pair of shades can not only help protect your eyes when it is sunny, but they can also provide the same protection for your eyes when you are near snow or water as they are ‘high glare areas’. 

Surprisingly our risk of UV exposure can be quite high even on hazy or overcast days because UV rays can penetrate clouds as it is invisible radiation, not invisible light.

This means you should remember to wear your sunglasses even when you’re in the shade as your eyes will still be exposed to UV rays reflected from buildings, roads and other surfaces!

The good news is, you don’t have to fear sunny days and being outdoors, as long as you’re equipped with the right eye and skin protection to reduce your UV exposure.

Happy sunning!