Dig out those sunglasses for summer!

Everyone loves a good pair of sunnies. But not only can sunglasses be a stylish accessory, they also play a very important part in protecting your eyesight.

National Sunglasses Day (27 June) is a US awareness day from The Vision Council but it’s not just our American cousins who are at risk from UV rays. Over time, UV exposure can increase your risk of developing cataracts or macular degeneration. It’s really important that the sunglasses you choose show the registered CE mark.

It sounds obvious, but you should take care never to look directly at the sun, even while wearing sunglasses. Sunbed users should always wear protective goggles as the UV damage caused by sunbed lamps can cause long-term damage and growths in the eyes, as well as skin cancer.  Hay fever sufferers can also shield their eyes from pollen in the air with wrap-around sunglasses.

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Optegra, Sundeep Kheterpal, adds: “It’s also important not to ignore any changes in your eyes, as this can lead to an early diagnosis for eye problems and can be key for successful treatment if there is an underlying problem.  We recommend that adults should have an eyesight test every two years even if you think your vision hasn’t changed.”

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