For many of us, sunglasses can be an afterthought, a thing that we tuck away in our drawers until summer’s heatwave comes to visit.
“However, taking this approach may be causing long-term damage to your eyes,” says Alex Kemp, owner of The Eye Place. “You may not know it, but sunglasses are your number one form of protection against UV rays, that
even on overcast days, could be affecting your vision.”
To ensure your eyes are properly protected, we’ve put together this handy guide, to help you check if you have the right sunglasses, and if you’re wearing them correctly.
1. You need sunglasses that offer appropriate UV protection
It is important to invest in a good quality pair of sunglasses that provide 100% protection from UV. All sunglasses at The Eye Place provide full protection and are available in prescription.
2. Choose sunglasses that are fit for purpose
If you take part in sports, are often out fishing or spend a lot of time on the road, then you need a pair of sunglasses that can keep up with your lifestyle.
Wraparound sunglasses suit individuals that are always on the go. They provide clear vision, fit securely on your head, and often come with polarised lenses which help to reduce glare.
3. It’s important to have an up-to-date pair of glasses
It is important to attend regular eye examinations, even if you are not aware of any vision problems. We use state-of-the-art technology such as OCT and Optomap to assess the health of the eye, including the optic nerve and retina at each appointment. Following your eye examination, we can advise whether a prescription is needed and help you find the perfect pair of spectacles and sunglasses.
4. You should also invest in a good pair of sunglasses for your child
We recommend purchasing a pair of sunglasses for your child, and encouraging them to wear them regularly. Children’s eyes are actually at the greatest risk of UV damage, with the World Health Organisation estimating that around 80 per cent of a lifetime’s UV is absorbed into the eye by the time a child reaches 18.
We have a range of stylish and colourful children’s sunglasses for them to pick from, to ensure their eyes are well-protected and to prevent vision problems from occurring later in life.
5. Sunglasses are for more than just summer – they help to protect your eyes all year round
You may not realise it – but there are many health benefits to wearing sunglasses. They can help protect the skin around your eyes, and help reduce the risk of long-term eye conditions such as macular degeneration and cataracts. UV radiation is present, even on overcast days, so it is important to have a pair of sunglasses with you at all times.
We know the damage that UV rays can do to our skin, it’s why we wear sunscreen, and you should offer no less protection and care for your eyes.
For help finding the perfect pair of sunglasses for you, or to book an eye exam, get in touch.